Barring Guns at Polling Places

The Senate joined the House in passing House Bill 202 at the end of the session. The bill, introduced by Rep. Cyndie Romer in June, bars all firearms at active polling places unless carried by a law enforcement officer, commissioned security guard, constable or active-duty member of the military who is acting in their official capacity. 

HB 202 would apply to any in-person election, including general, primary and special elections, local school elections, municipal elections and locations designated for early voting. 

“Unfortunately, we have seen a rise in voter intimidation tactics across the country in recent election cycles with armed ‘election integrity’ vigilantes camped outside of polling sites,” said Sen. Sokola, the Senate prime sponsor of HB 202. “Bringing a gun to a polling place does not increase election security. It threatens voters and significantly increases the chance of a deadly confrontation.” 

HOUSE BILL 202LIMITING THOSE WHO CAN LEGALLY POSSESS A FIREARM AT A POLLING PLACECurrrent Status – House Passed 36-4-0-1. Senate Passed 15-5-1. Signed by Governor Carney
House SponsorsRomer, Heffernan, Longhurst, Minor-Brown, Schwartzkopf, Baumbach, Bolden, Johnson, Morrison, OsienskiSenate SponsorsSokola, Hoffner, Huxtable, Townsend
House Yes VotesBaumbach Bolden Bush Carson Chukwuocha Cooke Dorsey-Walker Griffith Harris Heffernan Johnson Lambert Longhurst Lynn Matthews Minor-Brown Morrison Neal Osienski Parker-Selby Phillips Romer Schwartzkopf Williams Wilson-Anton // Briggs King Dukes Gray Hensley Hilovsky Ramone Short Shupe Smith Spiegelman YearickSenate Yes VotesBrown Gay Hansen Hoffner Huxtable Lockman Mantzavinos McBride Paradee Pinkney Poore Sokola Sturgeon Townsend Walsh
House No VotesMorris, Vanderwende, Collins, PostlesSenate No VotesHocker, Buckson, Richardson, Wilson, Lawson
House Absents or Not VotingMooreSenate Absent or Not VotingPettyjohn

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