Officials Walk Back Ban On Guns In Polling Places After Voters Complain

Voters in at least one Alabama county were allowed to bring their firearms with them to vote Tuesday, the Alabama Media Group reports.

According to a post on the Chambers County Sheriff Department's Facebook page, officials decided against prohibiting guns at polling places after receiving "a couple" complaints about the policy. Chambers County Sheriff Sid Lockhart and Judge Brandy Clark Easlick decided that state laws governing firearm possession do not apply to polling places, with the exception of courthouses and schools.

"They have ordered that the signs and restrictions be removed," reads the Facebook post.

The county's sheriff department confirmed to the Alabama Media Group that concealed carry permit holders in the state are allowed to bring concealed weapons into schools.

Elsewhere in the state, guns weren't welcome in the voting booth.

In Alabaster, Ala., a guns rights supporter attempted to bring a loaded handgun to First United Methodist Church of Alabaster when he went to vote. After arguing with a poll worker over his right to bring the weapon into the polling place, John David Murphy was asked by police to leave his gun in his truck. Murphy agreed, but said he plans to complain about the policy to county officials.

And in Shelby County, at least three individuals attempted to bring firearms into polling locations, prompting response from law enforcement.



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