From the Associated Press — A judge has blocked a sudden ban on the open display of guns near Michigan polling places on Election Day. Judge Christopher Murray acted Tuesday, just a few hours after hearing a challenge from gun-rights groups. They said Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson, a Democrat, had exceeded her authority in banning people from openly carrying guns within 100 feet of polling places. Critics argued that Benson failed to go through a formal rule-making process as required under state law.
The Michigan Attorney General’s office has released the following:
Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel’s Press Secretary Ryan Jarvi has issued the following statement in response to Michigan Court of Claims Judge Christopher Murray’s decision regarding the prohibition of open carry of firearms at the polls on Election Day:
“We intend to immediately appeal the judge’s decision as this issue is of significant public interest and importance to our election process.”