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World Michigan Judge Rules Against State Efforts to Ban Open Carry of Guns at Polling Locations on Election Day

02:00  28 october  2020
02:00  28 october  2020 Source:   newsweek.com

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Michigan will not allow the open carrying of guns at polling places, clerk's offices and other locations where absentee ballots are counted Friday's guidance only applies to Election Day itself, when long lines and large crowds are expected across the state . Early voting in Michigan is limited to

Michigan 's secretary of state banned the open carry of guns at polling places and other official voting locations on Election Day in the state . The move comes on the heels of arrests related to an alleged plot to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. Fourteen men charged in the cases have

A judge in Michigan issued a decision on Tuesday that will allow people to openly carry guns at polling locations, and other areas tied to the voting process, on Election Day.

a group of people walking in front of a building: A group tied to the Boogaloo Bois holds a rally as they carry firearms at the Michigan State Capitol in Lansing, Michigan on October 17, 2020. A judge on Tuesday blocked a temporary ban on open carry firearms at polling locations that state officials introduced earlier this month. © JEFF KOWALSKY/AFP via Getty Images A group tied to the Boogaloo Bois holds a rally as they carry firearms at the Michigan State Capitol in Lansing, Michigan on October 17, 2020. A judge on Tuesday blocked a temporary ban on open carry firearms at polling locations that state officials introduced earlier this month.

Michigan Court of Claims Judge Christopher Murray issued the decision in response to a directive that Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson and Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel announced earlier this month.

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DETROIT (AP) — A judge on Tuesday blocked a sudden ban on the open display of guns near Michigan polling places on Election Day . They said Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson, a Democrat, had exceeded her authority this month in banning people from openly carrying guns

Michigan will prohibit the open carry of guns at polling places and other official voting locations on Election Day , Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson “An armed presence at the polls is inconsistent with our notion of a free democracy. I stand with the Secretary in her commitment to ensure that every

While Michigan is an open carry state, Benson and Nessel said in announcing their directive that the intention of the temporary ban was to make sure that "all eligible Michigan citizens can freely exercise their fundamental right to vote without fear of threats, intimidation or harassment."

According to The Detroit Free Press, Murray said the timing of the directive was problematic. "The secretary just didn't do this in the right way and at the right time," Murray said during the hearing, according to the paper.

In a statement shared with Newsweek, Benson said her office would appeal Murray's decision.

"As the state's Chief Election Officer I have a sworn duty to protect every voter and their right to cast their ballot free from intimidation and harassment," Benson said. "I will continue to protect that right in Michigan, and we will be appealing this ruling."

This is a developing story and will be updated as more information becomes available.

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