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Kelley told by judge: no out-of-state trips, no guns

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Jake May
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The Flint Journal via AP
Ryan Kelley, a Republican gubernatorial candidate, speaks to conservative activists that are demanding another investigation into former President Donald Trump's loss during a rally on Feb. 8, 2022 outside the Michigan Capitol in Lansing, Mich.

Kelley is one of hundreds of people from across the country facing charges of taking part in the January 6th attack on the US Capitol. But Kelley is the only one running for governor of Michigan.

Kelley and his lawyer appeared via video before a federal judge in Washington DC, where is accused of taking part in the rebellion that ransacked the US Capitol as part of an effort to derail the formal approval of President Joe Biden’s election.

Kelley asked the court for light travel restrictions and permission to continue carrying a concealed gun as he campaigns for the Republican nomination for governor.

The judge said Kelley can travel within Michigan but denied his request to carry a firearm. That’s a standard condition for someone awaiting trial.

Kelley is free on a personal recognizance bond, which means he’s posted no money as a guarantee he’ll show up for court dates.

Kelley will be allowed to travel to Washington DC for a July 7th in-person preliminary hearing. That’s where prosecutors have to persuade a judge they have enough evidence to take the case to trial. Kelley has been charged with four misdemeanors. Each carries a penalty of up to a year in prison.

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