NO Guns in Polling Places

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Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America - Kansas Chapter Contact: TerriLynn Barnet Miller – Chapter Leader Phone: 913-568-0271 E-mail: kansas@momsdemandaction.org

Contact: Kim Russell, National Director of Outreach Phone: 917-226-4420 E-mail: krussell@momsdemandaction.org

MOMS DEMAND ACTION FOR GUN SENSE IN AMERICA CALLS FOR NO GUNS IN POLLING PLACES Moms Demand Action – Kansas Chapter calls on Atty. General Schmidt to keep voting gun-free

(Kansas City, KS) Nov. 4, 2013–Secretary of State Kris Kobach has asked Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt to issue a legal ruling on whether the state’s concealed carry law allows gun owners to bring weapons to polling places. Before the new concealed carry law took effect, the general rule had been to prohibit guns from polling places – which often include churches, schools, universities and charity organizations where guns are currently banned.

Moms Demand Action – Kansas Chapter leader TerriLynn Barnet Miller says guns have no place in a public polling place. “American moms want to be able to take their children with them to vote without fear of encountering a weapon. Forcing polling places to allow gun owners to carry weapons into locations where they are not oftentimes allowed when voting is not occurring, and to allow them where families are trying to vote does not make common sense.”

The legal issue is whether the polling locations are taking place on “leased property” that would then be considered municipal property where weapons are generally allowed. If borrowed or rented buildings used as polling places were deemed “leased,” counties couldn’t ban the weapons unless they file a detailed security plan and provide protection, such as metal detectors and trained guards.

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

“We are asking Kansas Attorney General Schmidt to keep concealed weapons out of our voting places,” continued Miller. “Especially in today’s charged political climate and escalating incidences of gun violence. It just makes sense to keep public voting locations gun free and safe for our families.”

An opinion of the Attorney General does not carry the force of law but is used by agencies as guidance until a legal issue is tested in court.

About Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America

Much like Mothers Against Drunk Driving was created to change laws regarding drunk driving, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America was created to build support for common-sense gun reforms. The nonpartisan grassroots movement of American mothers is demanding new and stronger solutions to lax gun laws and loopholes that jeopardize the safety of our children and families. In just ten months, the organization has more than 100,000 members with a chapter in every state in the country. For more information or to get involved visit www.momsdemandaction.org. Follow us on Facebook www.facebook.com/MomsDemandAction or on Twitter @MomsDemand.

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