Michigan bans open carry of gun within 100 feet on the Election Day
Michigan has prohibited the voters from having their guns with them when they come to vote on this Election Day. Michigan’s secretary of state requires the voters at least keep their guns 100 feet from any building containing polling places.
“The open carry of a firearm is prohibited in a polling place, in any hallway used by voters to enter or exit, or within 100 feet of any entrance to a building in which a polling place is located,” according to the directive.
The guidance clarifying that the open carry of guns on Election Day in, or close to, any locations with polling, was released on Friday by Jocelyn Benson.
According to Benson, the presence of firearms at such locations could cause “disruption, fear, or intimidation for voters, election workers, and others present.”
“I am committed to ensuring all eligible Michigan citizens can freely exercise their fundamental right to vote without fear of threats, intimidation or harassment. Prohibiting the open-carry of firearms in areas where citizens cast their ballots is necessary to ensure every voter is protected,” she added.