Election Law

Can you take your gun to the polling place? This state's AG is asked to issue an opinion

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt has been asked to issue a legal opinion on whether the state’s concealed carry law allows gun owners to bring their weapon to polling places.

The state law allows concealed weapons in most public buildings, but many polling places are in locations such as churches and schools where guns are now banned, the Wichita Eagle reports.

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, the state’s chief elections officer, has asked for the opinion. The legal issue is whether the polls are “leased property” that would become municipal property where weapons are generally allowed, the story says. If the answer is yes, counties couldn’t ban the weapons unless they file a detailed security plan and provide protection such as metal detectors and guards.

Even if the weapons are allowed, someone who displays or brandishes weapons at polling places could be charged with voter intimidation, Kobach has warned.

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