Making sense of gun rights at polling places


BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — Two different voters at two different polling places this week took their guns with them when they went to cast their votes. The two received two very different reactions.

Taking a closer look at Alabama law, Probate Judge Brandy Easlick removed signs prohibiting weapons around voting precincts in Chambers County. She says state law does not ban guns from being carried into polling places. But John Murphy says when he tried to carry his gun into First United Methodist Church in Alabaster to vote he was asked to put his gun inside his car.

Murphy cites section 36 of the Alabama Declaration of Rights which protects citizens’ rights to bear arms from being overruled by any branch of government. However Shelby County Probate Judge Jim Fuhrmeister says polling places are protected under Alabama law. Murphy says he still feels the right to vote can’t deny you the right to bear arms. Meanwhile, the National Rifle Association (NRA) responded by saying it discourages what happened in Alabaster.

To help make some sense of this legal confusion, attorney Andrew Moak of Ferris, Riley, and Pitt stopped by Wake Up Alabama on Thursday.

Copyright 2014 WIAT 42 News

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