The state of Michigan banned open carry at polling stations claiming that the move would prevent voter harassment and intimidation. The Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson alleges that the presence of firearms would cause fear and disruption of workers and voters.
The directive bans firearms within polling centers, hallways used for entry and exit, and within 100 feet outside the entrance. The order also restricted firearms in clerks' offices and tallying centers. Election officials will post signs informing the public of the current ban.
"I am committed to ensuring all eligible Michigan citizens can freely exercise their fundamental right to vote without fear of threats, intimidation, or harassment," Benson said. "Prohibiting the open-carry of firearms in areas where citizens cast their ballots is necessary to ensure every voter is protected."
Unsurprisingly Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel supports the violation of people's rights to carry firearms legally. Nessel says that armed presence at polling centers was a threat to democracy.
"Michigan voters have the right to vote in person on Election Day free from threat and intimidation," Nessel said. "An armed presence at the polls is inconsistent with our notion of a free democracy."
Liberals are exploiting the events happening in the Wolverine State to punish innocent Michiganders. The state administration is using Whitmer's kidnapping plot to justify draconian measures passed for political purposes.
Joey Roberts, Michigan Open Carry president, says they are considering taking legal action. He says banning firearms was an attempt to suppress gun owners' voting rights.
Livingstone County Sheriff Mike Murphy said he would not enforce the ban.
"An order is an order and, quite frankly, is unenforceable," Murphy said in an interview. "They have no authority to supersede [the] law."
Michigan is a swing state which is currently hotly contested. President Trump won the state during the 2016 election, beating Hillary Clinton in a state that used to be a Democratic stronghold.
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