In a shocking development, the Daily Wire reported this week that a Michigan GOP gubernatorial candidate has been ordered to turn over his guns.
The order comes following January 6-related arrest
According to the website, U.S. Magistrate Judge Robin Meriweather told Ryan Kelley on Thursday that he must surrender his weapons after being arrested on several misdemeanor charges by federal authorities last week in connection with the January 6 riot on Capitol Hill.
Specifically, Kelly stands accused of “entering or remaining in a restricted building or grounds without lawful authority, disorderly and disruptive conduct, knowingly engaging in an act of physical violence against a person or property, and willfully injuring property.”
During an interview with Fox News host Tucker Carlson, Kelly acknowledged that he was in Washington, D.C. on January 6 to attend a rally hosted by then President Donald Trump.
However, the 40-year-old real estate broker from Allendale, Michigan declared that at no point did he enter the Capitol Building and denied engaging in wrongdoing of any kind.
“There was no crime committed, Tucker, no,” The Detroit News quoted Kelly as telling Carlson on Monday night, adding, “(I) never entered the Capitol building.”
The Daily Wire noted that Kelley’s attorney argued in court that the candidate needs to be armed for his own protection while out on the campaign trail.
“He asked that he be permitted to carry his firearm for his own self-defense, during the campaign,” lawyer Gary Springsteen said, pointing out that Kelly has no professional security.
While Meriweather said that she does “understand the concern,” federal judge went on to insist that she was forced to consider other factors, such as “the safety of pre-trial services officials who will need to visit Kelley’s home.”
Poll shows Kelly currently leads GOP primary race
Kelly is one of the Republican candidates who are vying to replace Democratic Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer in this year’s gubernatorial election.
A poll published by the Detroit Free Press on Thursday showed Kelly ahead of four other GOP contenders for the August 2 primary.
His rivals are chiropractor Garrett Soldano, businessman Kevin Rinke, political commentator Tudor Dixon, and retired Pastor Ralph Rebandt.