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Kansas AG Issues Opinion on Guns at Polling Places

Associated Press - November 27, 2013 6:09 pm

U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom says a federal prosecutor will be on duty election day to respond promptly to complaints of possible election fraud and voting rights violations in Kansas.

U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom says a federal prosecutor will be on duty election day to respond promptly to complaints of possible election fraud and voting rights violations in Kansas.

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt is offering guidance on how the state’s concealed carry law applies to buildings used as polling places on election days.

In an opinion issued Wednesday, Schmidt says voters with permits to carry concealed firearms must comply with regulations that applied to the specific location before an election. That means if voters are allowed to have a concealed weapon in a building before the election they will be allowed to carry concealed guns when voting.

Secretary of State Kris Kobach requested the opinion, to clarify any ambiguity over how the law applied in non-governmental buildings during elections. Such buildings include property leased temporarily as polling places.

Attorney general opinions aren’t considered law but can be used as guidance until an issue is tested.

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