Our multi-state Law Shield members may be interested to learn that Alabama’s Attorney General Luther Strange recently ruled that county commissions don’t have the authority to prohibit firearms at polling places.
Mr. Strange’s opinion said the State Legislature has already said where guns cannot be openly displayed and polling places are not on the list.
The attorney general’s seven-page advisory opinion also notes that state and federal laws that ban weapons in some public buildings, such as courthouses and schools, still apply when those venues are used as polling places.
It also says churches and other private buildings used as polling places may prohibit guns, including those carried by people with permits to have concealed weapons.
The issue was raised during June primary elections as voters carrying holstered guns were stopped by law enforcement at some polling places.
Shelby County officials reported three such encounters in which deputies did not allow voters visibly carrying weapons to take them into polling places.
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