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Judge stops Election Day gun ban near Michigan polling sites

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Posted at 5:20 PM, Oct 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-27 17:20:44-04

DETROIT (AP) — 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.