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Sheriffs ask for clarification re guns at polling places

Fox10 News (WALA, Mobile) reports: "Because the sheriff, by Alabama law under Title 17, is specifically responsible for the security and the safety of the polling sites," Baldwin County Sheriff Huey "Hoss" Mack said.

Under Alabama law, private polling sites like churches are able to decide for themselves if they will allow firearms while they are being used for voting. Likewise with schools, if they have a no gun policy normally, that still stands during elections.

The question for Mack and other sheriffs in Alabama is what regulatory authority they have for public buildings that are used as polling places, like event centers and city halls.

"If a sheriff or a sheriff's deputy encounters someone with a firearm in a polling site, what is the appropriate action? Can an arrest be made? What would be the specific charge? How would that be handled,?" Mack said.

As the president of the Sheriff's Association, Mack asked for clarification from Strange on behalf of all sheriffs in the state. -- Alabama sheriff?s seek answers on gun policy in polling places | Mobile, Al. News - FOX10 News

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