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    ALERT - Lancaster County Commissioners to consider polling place gun ban on Wed NOV 3

    This will be a public meeting - come somebody in Lancaster contact the County commissioner's office and ask if public comment will be allowed?

    On open carry presence at the meeting would be great if we have enough time torally folks to go on a work day evening after an election day. Mary Stehman, chief clerk of Lancaster County Board of Elections, and the Penn. Dept. of State seem to need some education as to Pennsylvania preemption law and the righ tot carry guns in public under the Penn. and federal constitutions.

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    The Lancaster County commissioners on Tuesday were asked to consider barring voters from carrying firearms into polling places across the county.

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    Mary Stehman, chief clerk of Lancaster County Board of Elections, brought the recommendation to the commissioners in the form of a resolution.

    The proposed resolution states, "Transportation of firearms into any polling place in Lancaster County by any person, other than by a constable present at the polling place to preserve the peace, or a police officer serving warrants or called upon to preserve the peace, is prohibited."

    Stehman said she made the recommendation to the commissioners at the direction of the Pennsylvania Department of State.
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    "I think this has some issues," county solicitor Don Lefever said of the proposed resolution. "My sense is it's not a prohibition that we can enforce."

    The commissioners pledged to review the proposed resolution and decide whether to proceed with it at their weekly meeting at 9:15 a.m. Wednesday in the county administration building at 150 N. Queen St.

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    I'm pretty sure this was already discussed on Wednesday, October, 27th meeting. It would seem discussion among themselves has helped them resolve the issue by understanding that passing a resolution such as this would be beyond their scope of powers.

    Unless I misunderstood something, you can see more about this here
    Last edited by paknon2wheels; 10-29-2010 at 10:21 AM. Reason: edited to correct date

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    Quote Originally Posted by paknon2wheels View Post
    I'm pretty sure this was already discussed on Wednesday, November, 27th meeting. It would seem discussion among themselves has helped them resolve the issue by understanding that passing a resolution such as this would be beyond their scope of powers.

    Unless I misunderstood something, you can see more about this here
    Presume that you might mean October 27th meeting.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Grapeshot View Post
    Presume that you might mean October 27th meeting.
    Correct! Thank you for catching that. I have edited my previous post to reflect this.

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    Odds are..., it will not happen.
    Surprisingly, Lancaster Officials are actually AWARE of Pennsylvania Law 18 Pa.C.S. 6120.
    However..., I am sure Pennylvanians will be watching.

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    looks like the proposal has been withdrawn!

    http://articles.lancasteronline.com/local/4/305413

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    Lancaster County voters will not be barred from packing heat at the 235 local polling places during the general election next week.

    Mary Stehman, chief clerk of the county's Board of Elections, on Wednesday withdrew a resolution she had proposed to the county commissioners Tuesday, which would have banned the possession of firearms at county polling sites.

    Stehman said she withdrew the resolution after reviewing state gun laws, which prevent municipal governments from regulating when and where guns can be carried.

    "I am absolutely certain if this resolution would have been passed there would have been some sort of challenge," Commissioner Craig Lehman said.

    . . .

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike View Post
    looks like the proposal has been withdrawn!

    http://articles.lancasteronline.com/local/4/305413

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    Lancaster County voters will not be barred from packing heat at the 235 local polling places during the general election next week.

    Mary Stehman, chief clerk of the county's Board of Elections, on Wednesday withdrew a resolution she had proposed to the county commissioners Tuesday, which would have banned the possession of firearms at county polling sites.

    Stehman said she withdrew the resolution after reviewing state gun laws, which prevent municipal governments from regulating when and where guns can be carried.

    "I am absolutely certain if this resolution would have been passed there would have been some sort of challenge," Commissioner Craig Lehman said.

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    Wonder what prompted her to check the state law........hmmmm?
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    Wonder what prompted her to check the state law........hmmmm?
    It was a letter from the Department of State essentially saying that they screwed up and state law doesn't permit any counties from prohibiting firearms at polling places.

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    It is Surprising to learn that some Local Officials ACTUALLY follow State Law!

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