Michigan Judge Strikes Down Ban on Guns at Polls on Election Day
The judge is claiming that the proper procedures were NOT followed for the initial gun ban.
Michigan Court of Claims Judge Christopher Murray has stricken down a ban on guns at polling places on election day, claiming that Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson didn't follow the correct procedure for creating a new rule for members of the public.
"It is important to recognize that this case is not about whether it is a good idea to openly carry a firearm at a polling place, or whether the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution prevents the secretary of state’s directive," Murray said in a written opinion, according to the Detroit Free Press.
"The court’s duty is not to act as an overseer of the Department of State, nor is it to impose its view on the wisdom of openly carrying firearms at polling places or other election locations. More importantly, its constitutional role is properly limited to only declaring what the law is, not what it should be."
Attorney General Dana Nessel and Benson have said that they will appeal this decision, with Benson saying, "As the state's chief elections officer, I have the sworn duty to protect every voter and their right to cast the ballot free from intimidation and harassment. I will continue to protect that right in Michigan."
Personally, I can't imagine ANY circumstance in which a person would need a gun to vote. The ONLY reason a person would need one is to protect themselves from OTHERS with guns...so why not get rid of the guns at polling places all together?
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