A Michigan state panel on Monday banned the open carry of weapons in the state Capitol in the wake of the siege of the US Capitol and threats to storm the statehouse in Lansing.
The State Capitol Commission, which has jurisdiction over the Wolverine State Capitol, has shifted position and approved the ban following the unrest in Washington, DC.
“Bullets are bullets,” state Sen. Dayna Polehanki told the Associated Press. “There is no reason any gun belongs in the Capitol.”
“It’s absurd, the world thinks it’s absurd,” said Polehanki, who argued that the ban still doesn’t go far enough. “It sickens me that this is even being considered as a viable option.”
Some lawmakers have been calling for a weapons ban since April when armed protesters stormed the Michigan Capitol to protest the state’s coronavirus lockdown restrictions.
In October, federal authorities broke up a plot to kidnap Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.
However, the commission had been reluctant to impose restrictions on weapons — until supporters of President Trump last week stormed the US Capitol, leaving five people dead and causing massive damage to the historic legislative building.
Authorities fear there will be additional attacks against government institutions prior to and leading up to President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration.
With Post wires
Michigan bans open carry of guns in the state Capitol The British Journal Editors and Wire Services/ New York Post.