I really hate how partisan our politics has become, because along with the vitriol comes a certain vapity; an ignorance not only of the Constitution or state statutes but of human nature itself. Take the decision by Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson to try to ban openly carried firearms from polling locations. As my colleague Tom Knighton pointed out earlier today, a growing number of sheriffs are speaking out and saying they won’t enforce the ban because they don’t believe that Benson has the authority to lawfully declare a ban.
Several Second Amendment organizations have filed suit to stop the ban from taking effect, pointing out that some polling places in Michigan may ban concealed carry but allow for open carry. Benson’s order does just the opposite; concealed carry is allowed but openly carried firearms are forbidden. That means that for some Michigan voters, their right to bear arms will be completely negated, instead of merely regulated.
I really doubt this would have been a big issue in Michigan, except for Benson deciding to grab a couple of headlines with her constitutionally dubious decision. As Benzie County Sheriff Ted Schendel explained to the Traverse City Record-Eagle, Benson has now ensured that hundreds if not thousands of Second Amendment activists are now likely to carry because they’ve been told they can’t.