AG asks Michigan Supreme Court to rule if guns can be banned at the polls

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    Attorney General Dana Nessel and Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson are not backing down after now two courts have ruled against the attempt to ban the open carry of firearms at polling locations during Tuesday’s election.

    Nessel said she is bringing the issue to the Michigan Supreme Court.

    “We intend to immediately appeal the decision to the Michigan Supreme Court,” Nessel spokesperson Ryan Jarvi said in a statement. “Just today, a poll released by the Detroit News and WDIV-TV indicated that 73% of Michigan voters say openly carried guns should be banned near polling places. The merits of this issue – which impacts all Michiganders – deserves full and expedited consideration by our State’s highest court.”

    Judge rules against ban on guns at polls, AG plans appeal

    Benson announced the order, which was intended to limit voter intimidation at the polls, on Oct. 16, and gun rights activists were quick to retaliate with a lawsuit less than a week after the order was issued. 

    The Michigan Court of Appeals upheld Court of Claims Judge Christopher Murray’s Tuesday ruling that the ban of firearms at polling places is unconstitutional. 

    Nessel appealed the ruling on Wednesday. 

    During a press conference this week, the attorney general said the issue will be resolved by the election on Tuesday. 

    Allison Donahue
    Allison Donahue covers education, women's issues and LGBTQ issues. Previously, she was a suburbs reporter at the St. Cloud Times in St. Cloud, Minn., covering local education and government. As a graduate of Grand Valley State University, she has previous experience as a freelance researcher for USA Today and an intern with WOOD TV-8. When she is away from her desk, she spends her time going to concerts, comedy shows or getting lost on hikes in different places around the world.