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Attorney General addresses guns at polling places

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Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange is answering questions regarding guns, and if they are allowed at polling locations. The Attorney General’s opinion was in response to several people being turned away for carrying guns during last month’s primary.  

In his legal opinion, Attorney General Strange stated that firearms are allowed at polling placed. He did, however, clarify that this “depends on the nature of the location.”

According to Strange, polling sites that are located in places where guns are normally prohibited, such as  a courthouse or school, will not change. His legal opinion states, “…they do not lose their ‘gun free’ status merely because an election is being conducted at the location.”

Strange also pointed out that polling places are private property are also an exception is the owner sees fit.

During the June primary, there were reports that people were turned away from polling places in Chambers and Shelby counties for openly carrying a firearm.

John David Murphy of Alabaster was asked to leave his polling place because he was carrying a gun on his hip.

"When I got inside, I had the people inside the building there tell me I couldn't be there with a firearm on, Murphy Described. “It was an election official. One to vote and knowing how important it was, I went ahead and obeyed what they said to do."

Since this incident, Murphy says he’s been studied up on Alabama’s Election Code and learned that he was within his rights to openly carry a firearm to his polling place.

“A lot of the government officials, I don't think are aware what the law takes into effect on Election Day.”

Murphy says he hasn’t decided it he’s going to try to bring his gun with him when he votes in Tuesday’s runoff election.

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