By: Teresa Mull
The LA Times is unabashedly pre-blaming “armed far-right groups” for “voter intimidation” that may take place at polling places this coming Tuesday. Nothing about Antifa or other far-left groups that have actually caused violence in recent months.
Despite its fear-mongering and propagandizing disguised as journalism, the Times does provide some useful tidbits about who can bring a gun to polling places. The Times prefaces its information with “You might be surprised,” that people are able to bring firearms to places where they themselves say violence could erupt.
The Times reports:
Only about a dozen states — including California, Arizona, Florida and Georgia — explicitly ban open and/or concealed carry in voting sites.
In much of the country, voters may bring firearms into polling places, as long as the buildings being used for voting don’t generally ban them — as many schools, government buildings and churches do. Those rules vary at the state and local level.
In Pennsylvania, for instance, the Erie County Election Board has made a special rule that people can’t open carry within 100 feet of a polling place. In Michigan, a judge overruled Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson's order to ban open carry at polling places.
Guns this election cycle have been a big issue. Americans, of course, have been buying firearms at a record pace, and gun control groups have cooled on their frenetic campaigning against guns as more and more people stock up.
Nevertheless, gun grabbers will do what they can to keep the citizenry vulnerable. Walmart just announced it will sell guns and ammo, but will remove the items from display amid concern of “civil unrest.”
Teresa Mull (firstname.lastname@example.org) is editor of Gunpowder Magazine.