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Michigan Court Strikes Down Ban on Open Carry at Polls
Gun Watch ^ | 30 October, 2020 | Dean Weingarten

Posted on 10/30/2020 6:37:16 AM PDT by marktwain

 Image from lawsuit, public document
, cropped and scaled by Dean Weingarten

On 27 October, 2020,  Judge Christopher Murray, at the  Michigan Court of Claims, issued an opinion striking down Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson's edict banning the open carry of guns at all polling places on election day. The edict was issued on 16 October.  Tom Lambert and several right to bear arms groups sued to stop the order extral-legal order on 22 October, 2020. From

"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," he said. "More importantly, its constitutional role is properly limited to only declaring what the law is, not what it should be."

Murray handed down his ruling the same day the Detroit branch of the NAACP said its members and area attorneys will monitor polls across the city and state on Election Day and will report to police and prosecutors any instances of voter intimidation or voter suppression, including voters feeling threatened by gun-carrying individuals “watching” the polls.

Radical leftist Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson, and elected in the anti-Trump wave in 2018,  and Attorney General Dana Nessel, issued statements saying they will appeal the decision. 

There is already a state law banning voter intimidation at the polls.  Benson's ban on open carry is a blanket statement which defines open carry as voter intimidation. 

Groups pushing for citizen disarmament have been trying to  define open carry as illegitimate for decades. During the last three decades, organized open carry groups and civic minded open carry individuals have been demonstrating exactly the opposite. 

Open carry demonstrations have been some of the most peaceful and law abiding, in spite of predictions of violence. 

Assistant Attorney General Heather Meingast claimed the Secretary of State can issued an edict banning open carry at the polls because there is no state law specifically allowing open carry at the polls. 

The Michigan Constitution limits the powers of the Secretary of State. The ability of the Secretary of State of issue regulations is covered by the Administrative Proceedures Act (APA) of Michigan, as acknowledged by Judge Murry.  Secretary of State Benson did not follow the APA, which renders the ban on open carry void, according to the lawsuit and the court opinion.

For the last hundred years, the ability of officials to issue law by dictat has been part of the power grab by Progressives, in their mostly successful attempt to move legislative power from the legislatures to administrative agencies. Requiring specific rule making procedures has been one method used to restrict the abuse of the authority.

In this case, there is a direct conflict because of the separation of powers between the executive branch and the legislative branch. Republican Speaker of the House, Lee Chatfield applauded the Judge Murray's decision. From  

“Time after time the courts have struck down this administration when it overreaches,” Chatfield wrote on Twitter. “Firearms. Line 5. Redistricting. Vaping. Emergency powers. Nobody is above the law. It can’t be sidestepped. We have a democratic process. It needs to be followed.”

In his decision, Murray noted that the Democratic secretary of state’s prohibition on the open carry of firearms at polling places appeared to be more than an interpretation of existing statute. It was a rule that should be subjected to the rule-making process, he wrote.

The judicial branch (the court) has ruled the Secretary of State overstepped her authority.  The Attorney General, Dana Nessel and Benson are appealing the decision to the Michigan Court of Appeals. 

It is unknown if the appeal will be heard before the election, which is scheduled one week from the date the appeal was made.

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TOPICS: Government; Politics; Society
KEYWORDS: banglist; dananesselisapos; election; jocelynbensonisapos; judiciary; michigan; opencarry; politicaljudiciary
Judge Murray wrote the Secretary of State of Michigan does not have the authority to issue the edict.
1 posted on 10/30/2020 6:37:16 AM PDT by marktwain
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To: marktwain

Was this “ban on open carry” at the polls for a reason? Like intimidation is easier when unarmed?

2 posted on 10/30/2020 6:46:31 AM PDT by albie
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3 posted on 10/30/2020 7:08:13 AM PDT by PROCON (Molon Labe)
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It’s nice to see these petty tyrants being rebuked and reprimanded.

4 posted on 10/30/2020 7:09:53 AM PDT by PROCON (Molon Labe)
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To: albie
The Secretary of State, Jocelyn Benson, claims open carry *is* intimidation at the polls.

She is attempting to bolster the meme that open carry *is* intimidation.

If that is considered legally correct, then open carry can be banned.

Open carry has been legal, including at the polls in Michigan, as long as Michigan has existed.

5 posted on 10/30/2020 7:10:21 AM PDT by marktwain (President Trump and his supporters are the Resistance. His opponents are the Reactionaries.)
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I take the opposite view. I feel open carry should be MANDATORY at the polls. I feel the poll workers should issue a pistol to everyone who is not armed -- preferably Glock in .40.
6 posted on 10/30/2020 7:13:03 AM PDT by Lazamataz (The NYT commits acts of violence with their words.)
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It might be moot depending on where the polls are located.

7 posted on 10/30/2020 7:15:49 AM PDT by Clutch Martin (The trouble ain't that there is too many fools, but that the lightning ain't distributed right.)
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To: Lazamataz
During the Colonial period, I think there were some colonies with requirements that people show up with arms at the polls.

Of course, during modern times, the price of a decent pistol has become so low, that it may be less than what Michael Bloomberg spent per each vote he got in the primaries...

This is offset by the lack of manufacturing capacity.

At the current rate of manufacture, it will take us a few years to make enough pistols for voters who do not now have them.

8 posted on 10/30/2020 8:03:12 AM PDT by marktwain (President Trump and his supporters are the Resistance. His opponents are the Reactionaries.)
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To: PROCON; marktwain

Excellent! I’m going to MI to vote, then. ;)

9 posted on 10/30/2020 8:23:05 AM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (I don't have 'Hobbies.' I'm developing a robust post-Apocalyptic skill set.)
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