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Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer seemingly hasn’t seen an anti-gun bill that she doesn’t support. Now, Democrat legislators in Lansing are trying to push another restrictive law through for Whitmer’s signature—one that would expand the list of “gun-free” zones in the state to include polling places, including ballot drop boxes.

Two measures, House Bill 4127 and HB 4128, are currently being considered by the Michigan Senate Elections and Ethics Committee. HB 4127 bars citizens, even those with a concealed carry permit, from carrying a firearm, “while the polls are open on an election day, possess a firearm in a polling place or within 100 feet from any entrance to a building in which a polling place is located. On any day early voting is conducted at an early voting site as described in section 4(1)(m) of article II of the state constitution of 1963, possess a firearm at an early voting site or within 100 feet from any entrance to a building in which an early voting site is located.

HB 4128 states that, “A person shall not, while absent voter ballots are being processed, possess a firearm in an absent voter counting place or a combined absent voter counting place or within 100 feet from any entrance to an absent voter counting place or a combined absent voter counting place.”

Of course, the measure is completely nonsensical. Under current Michigan law, those with carry permits are allowed to carry while voting. A person carrying a concealed firearm into a polling place doesn’t get noticed any more than a person without a gun. That’s why it’s called “concealed” carry.

The 100-foot limit is also problematic. Consider a concealed carry permit holder whose workplace is located within 100 feet of an early voting site. The law would infringe on their Second Amendment rights for a minimum of nine days, and up to 29 days where communities choose to do so.

Of course, gun-ban advocates, including Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson, cheered the legislation. In fact, she worked with state lawmakers to get the measure introduced.

“The time for only thoughts and prayers is over,” Benson said last February when announcing the effort. “The time for taking action to ensure Michiganders are safe—in schools, in grocery stores, in places where we vote and everywhere in between—is now.”

What Benson and others won’t tell you is that criminals ignore so-called “gun-free” zones. Consequently, those who carry a gun for self-defense will now be left unprotected at voting areas, while criminals can carry whatever guns they’d like into those same areas.

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26 COMMENTS

  1. These people are brilliant. I think they feel like theyve really accomplished something. “The time for thoughts and prayers is over”

  2. All while witmayer and her smelly lying democRat ilk enjoy armed security…Calling them hypocrite sacks of sht is too good for them.

  3. Criminals are no more going to honor the 100 foot perimeter than they are the “no guns allowed” signs.
    Seems the depth of the stupidity has no bottom.

    • It means Benson is y-e-t* another unimaginative and simplistic Democrat. Dems always use that line because any type of passive-aggressive Christian-bashing plays really well with the inclusive, accepting, tolerant, and loving Left. It also makes it seem like (to the low IQ base) Dems are taking action while the other side does nothing. Anyone who pays attention to substance understands that about the only problem Dems are trying to solve is how to maintain and attain power.

      *written that way to avoid moderation. Yes, really (when both words are written together).

    • If Portantino (whom I do not credit with having any brains) knew how screwed up the California gun registrations system is, he would pull this silly–and intentionally expensive–proposal. As it is, if I am the registered owner of a firearm and transfer it to someone else, California will NOT remove me as a registered owner whether or not the transferee registers it in California or I file a notice of transfer. As a result there are a multiplicity of duplicates infecting the system, a problem that will only be exacerbated by requiring annual registration of millions of firearms.
      I assume he is trying to solve a huge problem with the system, a system that cannot be used as evidence that a person who has become a prohibited person is in actual possession of a firearm. Since the system purges nothing, the number of records will expand massively.
      Stupid is a stupid does.

  4. quote——————– Now, Democrat legislators in Lansing are trying to push another restrictive law through for Whitmer’s signature—one that would expand the list of “gun-free” zones in the state to include polling places, including ballot drop boxes.———-quote

    In today’s Herr Drumpf (The Donald’s) inspired divided society this legislation is very necessary. Far Right Stormtrooper groups like the Proud Boys and Oath Keepers have previously terrorized people with assault rifles at voting places and even staked out vigils in front of Jewish Churches while their fellow Jackboots were holding torchlight parades and shouting “death to the Jews” in Charlottesville.

    The Far Right Nazi thugs could easily provoke a confrontation at voting places and drop off boxes. Republican Gangster Criminals of course are urging them on to do just that as the main goal of the Republican Jackboots is to try to prevent as many people as possible from voting because they know they are a minority party who can only win at the polls through cheating like hell and using such nefarious methods like Gerrymandering and the corrupt Electoral College whose main purpose was created to cheat their way into power and subvert the will of the American people.

    Other methods have been to eliminate drop off boxes, mail in voting, computer voting like all civilized European countries have, and of course closing polling places in minority districts to force people in some cases to drive for miles just to vote. Shades of Adolf Hitler. The Nazi’s did not die off at the end of WWII they simply moved to the U.S. and infiltrated the Republican Party who welcomed them with open arms.

    If President/General Eisenhower were alive today the Republican Far Right Maga Maggot Fanatical Jackboots would call Eisenhower a radical Liberal. I am not being facetious one bit.

  5. “The time for taking action to ensure Michiganders are safe—in schools, in grocery stores, in places where we vote and everywhere in between—is now.” — Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson

    If there is one thing that we can count on, it is government ensuring our safety–like the 800 law enforcement officers (including rooftop snipers) watching over the crowd at the Kansas City Chiefs Super Bowl victory celebration yesterday. Oh, wait …

  6. Michigan has been circling the drain for 5 decades. These are just the final death throes before it becomes a despotic, socialist state like Oregon.

    • Yeah, the roads, the schools, housing and infrastructure. All going down hill. In Detroit they are plowing entire abandoned neighborhoods back into fields, tearing down streetlights and houses in the process. I’ve seen it since the seventies.

  7. To be fair, this country has a long history of voter intimidation and manipulation at polling places, whether through violence, electioneering, or alcohol. It was not that long ago that the KKK would populate polling places in the south to keep blacks from voting. Yes, there are laws prohibiting such conduct (although laws forcing the closure of all bars while the polls are open seem to have disappeared), but for the most part they seem to be working just fine. Do we really need another law for which there is no evidence of an actual threat?

    • “…long history of voter intimidation…”

      I grew up just a bit west of Cleveland, which is still pretty strong union country. My dad was a union construction laborer, and most of our neighbors and family friends were auto workers at either Ford or GM. I remember stories about guys holding baseball bats and handing out cash around the corner from voting locations, and saying things like “don’t forget, just pull the D.” The voting machines back then were mechanical, and you could pull a single lever to vote a party line ticket.

      Later, while in college, some of my classmates were asked by a recruiter at ODNR whether they were registered democrats.

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