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This is a discussion on Firearm Prevents Police Officer From Casting Vote within the Maine Discussion and Firearm News forums, part of the Firearms Discussion by State category; I'm not saying that I agree with gun free zones guys. actually I'm totally against Gun free zones.. I carry ...

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    I'm not saying that I agree with gun free zones guys.

    actually I'm totally against Gun free zones.. I carry everyday in my car, on my person at my work, at home.

    But I do not carry in a hospital or a voting area. I secure my weapon in my car and do what I need to do and holter it again when I'm done.

    also the officer could of carried his baton or tase or his pepper spray in to the polling area if he feels unsecure.

    But this should not stop him from doing his civil duty as a US citizen. We are in an election that will actually affect our way of life in the near future. Lets cust to crap and excuses and go VOTE.

    so protect the constitution...go vote.
    protect our way of life....go vote.
    protect your 2nd ammendment...go vote.
    let the house and senate hear your voice...go vote
    and if someone does not let you VOTE...well it if your dang fault. Do not blame it on your gun that is holstered.

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    Also the public school gun fee zone is only in maine. In texas and other states polling places are gun free. but nothing is saying that you can not carry a Taser or a peper spray can. See you can still defend yourself.

    and if someone is intimidating you leave and come back with a police officer or something that can protect you. If someone is intimidating you at a voting place you can tell the voting people to remove him or her. If they do not comply you can go and get a police officer to escort you to the polling area. No excuse guys.

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    Just to make it a clear.
    I'm just talking about Texas.

    According to Texas Law it is a felony to carry a loaded gun (handgun, long gun ) in a Voting place, including during early voting. Don't carry past the "No Campaigning" signs.

    http://www.txdps.state.tx.us/adminis...nrulesupdt.pdf

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    Specious post. Officer should have (A) absentee voted, (B) voted while off diuty, or (C) simply left weapon in patrol car. If it was not legal for him to do C while on duty, A or B still apply.

    I think the law is silly, but like all of us, once the law is made, the LEO (of all people) needs to follow it.

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    Have Gun, No Vote

    November 10, 2010, by Bob Barr

    The right to vote is an aspect of American life we all take for granted. We expect to be able to show up at our polling place every other fall and cast our ballot for the candidates we believe will best represent us in our local government, in the state legislature, or in Washington, DC. That is, unless you are a uniformed police officer attempting to exercise your right to vote at a voting precinct in Bangor, Maine supervised by an idiot.

    James Dearing, a Bangor, Maine police officer, showed up two weeks ago – in his regular uniform — to cast an in-person absentee ballot at Bangor Civic Center; the only early voting location in the city. He had voted many times in the past with no problem.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stingray2100 View Post
    Ok guys the polling places are gun free.

    Police officers, military and private citizens are not allowed to carry in a voting location.

    So I'm sorry to day that the officer just needed to secure his weapon in his patrol car or bicycle and vote.

    That is no excuse to not vote. I'm calling BS on that one. SORRY.
    Soooo, lets see, if a man with a gun storms into a polling place and takes hostages, the responding officers will have to leave their guns in their cars while they deal with the hostage taker. I don't think so.

    Perhaps things have changed since my days as a Dallas officer, but in the 70's, there was no place I could not carry my weapon, either on duty or off duty, carried on my hip or concealed off duty. As a matter of fact, I was required to be armed at all times while off duty, no matter where I was.

    I have carried my gun onto the concourse at DFW to meet an arriving plane, while off duty and in street clothes. I just showed them my badge and told them I was armed and was waved on through. Of course that was not in Dallas, but in Grapevine, but it made no difference. Now, I doubt an officer could do that now, since times have changed since them, but I would like to see the law that states an on duty officer cannot carry his gun into a voting place, whether to vote or not.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stingray2100 View Post
    Ok guys the polling places are gun free.
    Maybe where you're from.

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