Wausau mayor: Order restricting guns at polling locations “not an indictment on guns”

Wausau mayor: Order restricting guns at polling locations “not an indictment on guns”

By Shereen Siewert Wausau Mayor Katie Rosenberg said she is confident her executive order prohibiting firearms at polling places will hold up in the event of a court challenge because the rule is based on state guidance. On October 20 the Wisconsin Elections Commission released this memo as guidance for local clerks, a response to an “influx” of questions about election security issues. “Polling places are almost exclusively confined to nonresidential and government buildings, but it can also be argued that an election may represent a special event,” the WEC states. Local government units may also restrict the right to carry concealed weapons in polling places, even if the election site or voter is not otherwise restricted, by relying on the special event provisions of the Trespass to Land statutes, the WEC memo states. The order, issued Friday, resulted in an immediate outcry from some residents who hold concealed carry licenses and viewed the decision as an attack on the Second Amendment. Several residents openly mulled fighting the ruling in court. “This order is not an indictment on guns, the Second Amendment, or gun owners,” Rosenberg told Wausau Pilot & Review.” This is meant to keep Wausau’s polls safe for all voters and free from potential intimidation.” In an ideal world, Rosenberg said, she would have worked with the Safe Elections Task Force to discuss and recommend this action. “It didn’t strike me as an issue until I started hearing from election workers who were concerned about potential voter […]

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