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    Police Officer not allowed to vote

    BANGOR, Maine — In the 18 years that he has been a police officer in Bangor, James Dearing couldn’t think of a single time when someone has asked him to turn over his firearm.

    Until last Friday.

    Dearing, who was patrolling his assigned beat near the Bangor Civic Center, decided to stop in and cast an early vote. He walked into the polling place in full uniform and stood in a short line with other voters.

    One of the election officials told Dearing he couldn’t bring his gun inside. The officer said he thought it was a joke.

    Election warden Wayne Mallar then approached Dearing and reiterated the request: Turn over your weapon to another officer or we can’t let you vote.

    Dearing refused.

    “I would never relinquish my weapon,” the officer said later.

    Mallar stood his ground.

    The officer said he left the civic center Friday feeling embarrassed and insulted. Dearing posted details of the incident on his Facebook page late Friday and immediately began receiving strong responses.

    “One fellow officer, who is stationed in Iraq, said ‘What am I over here fighting for?’” Dearing said.

    http://www.bangordailynews.com/story...-weapon,157603

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    I am anxious to see how the biddies at my polling place react to my carry tomorrow!

    Gotta watch out for the Justice Department. They only drop charges of voter intimidation against minorities.

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    Update: The election warden who turned the officer away has been dismissed, and the Bangor police chief has stated at a press conference that officers are not required to surrender their weapon at the polls.


    http://www.bangordailynews.com/story...-weapon,157603

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    I think it's against the law here in Louisiana to carry into a polling place. I vote at the school so I couldn't carry even if it were legal.

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    If a regular citizen can not have their personal defense weapon on them while voting then I really don't have a problem with the request!

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    I agree with Toad. What is good for the goose is good for the gander.

    Are Citizens of Main allowed to OC into the Polls?
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    Quote Originally Posted by TOF View Post
    I agree with Toad. What is good for the goose is good for the gander.

    Are Citizens of Main allowed to OC into the Polls?
    Yes, there is no law that prohibits a citizens right to carry into the polls.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rmansu2 View Post
    I think it's against the law here in Louisiana to carry into a polling place. I vote at the school so I couldn't carry even if it were legal.
    I OCed when voting without issue last election and expect the same in the morning. I have yet to find any law making it illegal to carry when voting as long as it is legal to carry in that particular place otherwise.

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    That is BS, he stopped in to vote while working, big deal. wow, that cop should have arrested the poll workers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HeroHog View Post
    I OCed when voting without issue last election and expect the same in the morning. I have yet to find any law making it illegal to carry when voting as long as it is legal to carry in that particular place otherwise.

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    it says it right here.http://www.lsp.org/handguns.html#prohibited. The same rules that apply to concealed handguns apply to openly carried handguns.

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    Quote Originally Posted by marrero jeff View Post
    it says it right here.http://www.lsp.org/handguns.html#prohibited. The same rules that apply to concealed handguns apply to openly carried handguns.
    I'm a little confused. Where does it say that the CC rules apply to OC?
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    Quote Originally Posted by DrakeXD View Post
    I'm a little confused. Where does it say that the CC rules apply to OC?
    I didn't see anything on there that even referenced it.

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    Yeah, a link to the actual law would give us the opportunity to read the context and the black-letter law.

    The last people I go to for a reading on what the law says is the police. Not that they are evil or anything, but they have a dog in the fight when it comes to what the law means, and that bias has often tainted their reading of the law.

    In any case, I don't see anything in the link saying that the ban against CC at a polling place extends to OC.

    I OCed at the polls in AL.

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