Firearms at voting polls

Review and understand your local, county and state laws on firearms at your local voting polls.


South Carolina no concealed carry in state offices, doctor offices and hospitals. Banks are not included they have to put up their own signs (some do and some don’t)


We voted absentee ballot today in Shawano WI. you drove up and parked in front of City Hall and they had poll workers outside who came to your car and took your license and brought your ballot to you in the car.
Both of us were armed and no signs anywhere, it took about 10 minutes. :+1:


Missouri no conceal and carry at the poles. For that I’m ok no biggie in and out anyway


California prohibits firearms at the polls. Cal. Elec. Code § 18544

What is interesting is even police officers or uniformed guards are not allowed, with specific exceptions:

ARTICLE 3. Intimidation of Voters [18540 - 18548]

Cal. Elec. Code § 18544

(a) Any person in possession of a firearm or any uniformed peace officer, private guard, or security personnel or any person who is wearing a uniform of a peace officer, guard, or security personnel, who is stationed in the immediate vicinity of, or posted at, a polling place without written authorization of the appropriate city or county elections official is punishable by a fine not exceeding ten thousand dollars ($10,000), by imprisonment pursuant to subdivision (h) of Section 1170 of the Penal Code for 16 months or two or three years, or in a county jail not exceeding one year, or by both that fine and imprisonment.*

(b) This section shall not apply to any of the following:

(1) An unarmed uniformed guard or security personnel who is at the polling place to cast his or her vote.

(2) A peace officer who is conducting official business in the course of his or her public employment or who is at the polling place to cast his or her vote.

(3) A private guard or security personnel hired or arranged for by a city or county elections official.

(4) A private guard or security personnel hired or arranged for by the owner or manager of the facility or property in which the polling place is located if the guard or security personnel is not hired or arranged solely for the day on which an election is held.


Remember, if you’re voting at a school that is a temporary voting location - it’s still a school and in most states you won’t be allowed to carry there.


What made me comfortable voting yesterday, was everyone in line had one of these on their backs!


Georgia says,
“Firearms are generally excluded from polling places in Georgia, except in limited circumstances. O.C.G.A. §21-2-413 excludes firearms carry within 150 feet of any polling place, permitting carry only to “peace officers regularly employed by the federal, state, county, or municipal government or certified security guards.”

“The carry of firearms by any unauthorized individual is further criminalized by O.C.G.A. §16-11-127(b)(7), which makes it a misdemeanor to carry a weapon (or long gun) “within 150 feet of any polling place when elections are being conducted and such polling place is being used as a polling place”

Apparently there are exceptions though, and the article continues:

“O.C.G.A. § 16-11-127(d)(2). The option would then exist to carry, but only to the extent the lawful WCL holder notify security of the presence of the firearm (cutting against the rationale for concealed carry) and to surrender the firearm if required (not likely something anyone with a passing familiarity with the Second Amendment would allow). This may not be the only way to legally carry to the polls, however.

“There exists a controversial argument that carry in a polling place is authorized to lawful license holders by virtue of the polling place’s designation as a “government building”. Begin with the notion that O.C.G.A. §16-11-127(e)(1) allows a Weapons Carry License holder to enter a government building in possession of a weapon or long gun when entry is not restricted by security personnel, one of whom must be a certified peace officer. A government building is defined by the same statute as “the building where a government entity meets in its official capacity” (O.C.G.A. §16-11-127(a)(2)(B)), while a government entity is “an office, agency, authority, department, commission, board, body, division, instrumentality, or institution of the state or any county, municipal corporation, consolidated government, or local board of education within this state.” O.C.G.A. §16-11-127(a)(3)(emphasis added). A polling place is “the room provided in each precinct for voting at a primary or election.” O.C.G.A. §21-2-2(27).

This is unedited copy from:

U.S. Law Shield of Georgia Independent Program Attorney Matthew Kilgo
(Yeah, I know it comes from a competitor, but of all the articles I read this one seemed the most succinct, and I didn’t see one from USCCA in the Google search results.)

In Michigan firearms are not excluded from polling locations. Our SoS has just tried to ban openly carrying firearms at polling locations but she doesn’t have that authority. The police chief union and most sheriffs have come out saying the ban is unconstitutional so our “AG” is ordering MSP to start enforcing it.

This will be the first time I open carry at the polls, normally i carry concealed. Debating on open carrying my AR too just to protest this garbage.


Here in Minnesota there are no statues about carrying in polling stations and will do so, as I do everywhere else I go.

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Well here in Utah, you can carry in any State building including all legislative offices that aren’t a “secure area”(the court house would be a “secure area”). As voting here in Utah generally takes place at the local City Halls(about 10 of them in my county) and the City hall is not a secure area, you could carry. Utah even takes your CCW permit as a valid ID you could use to vote with!

In Salt Lake County you can vote at he following places: can you carry there with a permit?

City Halls any of them - Yes
Library - Yes
Senior centers - Yes
SLC government center - part of this state facility is a secure area and part is not. This would be marked so you know if you can carry depending on which area the voting takes place on
Police departments (some) - You can carry into a lobby of a department but not past a certain point, I don’t know where voting would take place here as I have never gone here to vote.
Recreation centers - Yes
Post Office - NO due to Federal Policy
Schools (in some counties)- Yes

This is every place listed on the Utah website for voting in SLC county. basically with a valid permit you can carry anywhere that isn’t a federal or state restricted areas i.e. any airport secured area, federal facilities, courts, correctional & mental health facilities, law enforcement secured areas, a house of worship.

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@FunCycle Banks are definitely all covered in SC. Whether you see a sign or not, we’re supposed to know the statutes and laws.
Carrying a weapon into any SC bank will (if detected) cost you many years in a penitentiary.

You would have to show me some paper work on that one. Not according to my info


Casinos-Not Allowed

@FunCycle I did some digging, and it appears that I was wrong. Back when I did my CWP training I was taught that all banks were off limits. He (trainer) and all his staff are active or retired law enforcement, so we see how deeply entrenched this myth is.
Thanks for calling me out on this.
The fact that these law enforcement officers believe the myth that banks are off limits with or without proper signage suggests to me what the attitude might be of an officer responding to a gun complaint.
I have noticed suggestions that federal depositories may be off limits. I am not suggesting this is true just noting.
Again, many thanks for the call on this one.


The law reads like government offices, doctor offices and hospitals. I have often wondered how the doctor and the hospitals ended up on the list. I have a copy around here some where and I use to help out with the Concealed Carry classes

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Know your enemies

Right. I know the position giffords comes from.

Most doctors are members of the AMA, American Medical Association, one of the original and most anti gun organizations in the US. May be why offices and hospitals are off limits now. Amazing what a lobby group can do.

That’s why they hate the NRA, isn’t it?