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Carrying while Voting
#1
Where could someone find out if open carry to their local polling place is ok?

I'll be going to my local volunteer fire hall to vote and I'd like to find out ahead of time if I'm going to have issues with carrying.

Any info?
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#2
spartakis252;29155 Wrote:Where could someone find out if open carry to their local polling place is ok?

I'll be going to my local volunteer fire hall to vote and I'd like to find out ahead of time if I'm going to have issues with carrying.

Any info?

If it is not a prohibited place (which a fire hall is not to the best of my knowledge) OC/CC is legal

IANAL


Could you still have issues...of course. You can have issues anywhere from folks who do not know the law.

You can look and search more here: http://www.opencarry.org/

I suspect someone more knowledgeable than I will pipe up with more info.
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#3
I should add that this will be my first time going to the place(and to vote) so I don't know the general attitude of the people that will be there.
It seems that most people in this area have a neutral or positive attitude towards firearm ownership.
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#4
I'm having the same issue. I am considering OCing to vote for a couple reasons. One, to make it easier to remove my gun and holster and locking them up when I go to work, and two, to show my 2A support on this very important day.

My polling place is also a firehall so I believe I am within the law to do so. Just need to print out the MWAG flyers and have them with me.
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#5
IANAL, but as far as I can tell, voting locations are not federally prohibited.

It violates no PA laws to carry while voting.

The only possible exception might be schools, but there is that little "other lawful purposes" clause which I would not personally want to be a test case for. Again, IANAL.
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#6
This is from 2007 and on PAFOA, gnbrotz OC'd to the polls and ended up having his LTCF revoked, illegally, fought and got it back.

I believe the only no guns allowed, outside of already prohibited places, is for law enforcement.


http://forum.pafoa.org/general-2/11309-h...ocing.html
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#7
Now here is an interesting question. Are "Volunteer fire companies" "private property" where you could be asked to leave?

Might be worth looking into?

I presume "paid fire companies" would enjoy the pre-preemption clause here in PA?
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Publican;29226 Wrote:Now here is an interesting question. Are "Volunteer fire companies" "private property" where you could be asked to leave?

Might be worth looking into?

I presume "paid fire companies" would enjoy the pre-preemption clause here in PA?

A co-worker is a volunteer firefighter. From what he has told me, they don't get a penny of revenue from the city/county/state budget. Based on this, I would guess that they would be considered private property.
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rmagill;29246 Wrote:A co-worker is a volunteer firefighter. From what he has told me, they don't get a penny of revenue from the city/county/state budget. Based on this, I would guess that they would be considered private property.

Interesting I was a volunteer and my company got something, but not enough from the municipality/state/grants in funding, but the municipality did own the station house & the property the station was on.
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soberbyker;29252 Wrote:
rmagill;29246 Wrote:A co-worker is a volunteer firefighter. From what he has told me, they don't get a penny of revenue from the city/county/state budget. Based on this, I would guess that they would be considered private property.

Interesting I was a volunteer and my company got something, but not enough from the municipality/state/grants in funding, but the municipality did own the station house & the property the station was on.

The station my co-worker is out of is in a tiny municipality. The operating costs would probably take up over half of the town's budget. Shy

I guess from this that it depends on the station... it might be covered under pre-emption and it might not. It might not hurt to call ahead and discretely find out if preemption applies.
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