Capitol Guns

A man carries a gun outside the Michigan Capitol in Lansing on May 14 during a protest of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s stay-in-place mandate.

LANSING — A state panel on Monday banned the open carry of guns in Michigan’s Capitol, a week after an armed mob rioted in the U.S. Capitol and following a plot last year to storm the statehouse.

Moves to ban weapons at the statehouse have been pushed since April, when protesters opposed to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s COVID-19 restrictions – some armed with long rifles and other weapons – entered the Michigan Capitol demanding to be allowed onto the floor of a legislative chamber that was closed to the public.

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