Benson wrote in his memo, “The presence of firearms at the polling place, the clerk’s office (OR), or the absence of a voter counting board can cause disruption, fear, or fear for voters, election workers and others.”
Individuals can leave firearms in their cars within 100 feet of a building if they are legally allowed to do so. Benson also said that concealed carry will not be given in any building that already prohibits the practice.
The announcement was made on the election day amid growing apprehension of violence. Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel told Showtime’s “The Circus” that they are preparing for “every possible scenario” on Election Day.
“Most importantly, we don’t want people to bother voters when they are in the process of exercising which is a fundamental right, which is their right to vote,” she said. “And I think I do everything I can to make sure there is a safe and secure vote, and I hope that law enforcement agrees.”
Joy Roberts, president of Open Carry Michigan Inc., said Saturday that her organization does not think Benson has the legal authority to ban carrying guns openly. He said the group is currently discussing its options to fight the ban, and added that “is on the bind.”
“There’s been some talk about some gun restrictions on the state capitol and stuff like that, and we were aware of that, but Roberts said,” Roberts said.
The Michigan House and Senate have introduced bills to permanently ban guns in the state Capitol Building. In April, armed protesters entered the building in Lansing and stood in the gallery above lawmakers during a protest against coronovirus restrictions.
Benson’s action comes weeks after the announcement of charges against the accused personsAnd storm the state capitol. Two of the 14 accused were photographed in the April protests.
Whitmer has drawn a straight line between political rhetoric, particularly between the lockdown, and the alleged plot to kidnap him. When President Trump recently mentioned him during a rally, the crowd “shut him down” and Mr. Trump said “shut them down.”
Whitmer tweeted shortly after Mr. Trump’s comments, “It is absolutely rhetoric that has endangered the lives of me, my family, and other government officials while we try to save the lives of our fellow Americans. It is Need to stop. “