Michigan attorney general says the state capitol is ‘not safe’ after bomb threat and armed protests

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Less than a week after the US Capitol was breached by pro-Trump insurrectionists in an attempted coup, Michigan’s Attorney General Dana Nessel announced Tuesday morning in a tweet that the state capitol building is “not safe.”

My job is not to provide state employees & residents or other visitors to our Capitol with a false sense of security, especially given the current state of affairs in Michigan and around the nation.

I repeat-the Michigan Capitol is not safe.

— Dana Nessel (@dananessel) January 12, 2021

One day after the US Capitol siege, a Michigan man was charged with terrorism over a bomb threat sent to the state capitol — about one month after he was first accused of threatening to kill a state lawmaker.

After evacuating the capitol building, Michigan State Police determined there was no bomb.

The Michigan Capitol Commission banned the open carry of firearms in the state capitol building on Monday, but according to Nessel, the measure was not enough. 

“Let’s be clear,” Nessel said in a tweet, “the recent rule passed by the Michigan Capitol Commission banning the open carry of firearms does not impose a mechanism to check to confirm that people carrying a concealed weapon are licensed CPL holders.”

She further noted that the new restrictions put in place do not have a mechanism to check if anyone with a concealed weapon has a concealed pistol license. Because of this, she said that the legislative body is still in danger as anyone could still feasibly enter the building with a concealed weapon or explosive.

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The most recent threats to the state capitol building are just the latest in a string of threats and armed protests to Michigan officials over the past year.

In April 2020, the state capitol building was stormed by armed Michiganders in response to COVID-19 lockdown restrictions put in place by Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. Protesters were barred from entering the state’s House floor by the sergeant at arms and state police, but several protesters equipped with assault rifles made their way to the Senate gallery and shouted down to lawmakers that were in session.

Protest moves inside Michigan Capitol. Crowd attempts to get onto Hoise floor. Lots of Michigan State Police and House sergeants at arms blocking door. pic.twitter.com/4FNQpimP4W

— Rod Meloni (@RodMeloni) April 30, 2020

In October 2020, the FBI charged six men with planning to kidnap Whitmer. The agency said the men had attempted to recruit 200 people to overtake the state capitol building and charge Whitmer for “treason,” but were foiled after one member of the militia reported the plans to the FBI. 

A recent internal FBI bulletin obtained by ABC News noted that armed protests are planned at all 50 state capitol buildings from January 16 until at least the presidential inauguration on January 20.

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Source:: Businessinsider – Politics


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