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Alabama Man Told to Store Loaded Gun Before Voting

Posted on the 06 June 2014 by Mikeb302000
Alabama Man Told to Store Loaded Gun Before Voting
Gun rights activist John David Murphy stands outside his voting precinct with his firearm in Alabaster, Ala., on Tuesday, June 3, 2014. Murphy ignored a "no weapons" sign and entered to vote in Alabama's party primary with his weapon in his holster, but a deputy who made the man disarm before casting his ballot. (AP Photo/Jay Reeves) Yahoo News An Alabama gun rights supporter who took a loaded pistol to the polls Tuesday got to vote, but only after putting the weapon in his pickup truck.

John David Murphy wore his holstered 9 mm handgun and two ammunition magazines into First United Methodist Church of Alabaster when he went to vote in the Republican primary. The church, like other precincts, had a sign in the door saying firearms are prohibited. But Murphy told a poll worker that his constitutional right to openly carry a weapon trumps a state law allowing guns in public places unless a sign is posted. A poll worker called a Shelby County deputy, who made Murphy put the gun in his truck outside before voting. City police arrived as a precaution and left after Murphy left the polling place.

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