Michigan bans openly carrying guns at polling places on Election Day – By Caroline Linton, Adam Brewster (CBS News) / Oct 17 2020
Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson announced Friday that people will not be allowed to openly carry guns “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” on Election Day.
“The presence of firearms at the polling place, clerk’s office(s), or absent voter counting board may cause disruption, fear, or intimidation for voters, election workers, and others present,” Benson wrote in her memo.
Individuals can leave their firearms in their cars within 100 feet of a building if they are legally allowed to do so. Benson also noted that concealed carry will not be allowed in any building that already prohibits the practice.
The announcement comes amid rising fears of violence on Election Day. Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel told Showtime’s “The Circus” that they are preparing for “every potential scenario” on Election Day.