U.S. Attorney: Not ‘a good idea’ to bring guns to polls

U.S. Attorney: Not 'a good idea' to bring guns to polls

In 2017, New Hampshire lawmakers repealed the license requirement to carry a concealed pistol or revolver. The state also has an open carry law. Bringing a gun to the polls in New Hampshire may be legal — but it’s not “a good idea,” according to the top federal law enforcement official here. In 2017, New Hampshire lawmakers repealed the license requirement to carry a concealed pistol or revolver. The state also has an open carry law. “And so people are allowed to openly carry their weapons, and they are allowed to come into polling places carrying a weapon in order to vote if they choose to,” said Anne Edwards, associate attorney general. However, she said, “They can’t do anything to intimidate other people, like voters, to try to prevent them from going inside and exercising their right.” What about polling places that are in schools? Wouldn’t bringing a gun violate the Gun-Free School Zones Act? That’s a federal law, Edwards said. “The state of New Hampshire has no authority to enforce it, and so it’s an issue for the U.S. Attorney’s office to deal with in New Hampshire,” she said. “So whether the federal government is going to enforce one of its laws is its choice, and we as a state don’t have the authority to make that decision for the federal government,” she said. If a voter calls the AG’s office to ask about guns in polling places, Edwards said, they inform the caller of New Hampshire’s laws […]

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