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Pistol-wearing man allowed to vote in Alabama

July 15, 2014

PELHAM, Alabama (AP) — A member of the gun rights group BamaCarry was allowed to vote while wearing a holstered pistol, but police later asked him to leave the front of the polling place.

Robert Kennedy arrived with his gun Tuesday at Pelham First Baptist Church Annex in Pelham, Alabama. A sign on the annex said firearms were prohibited, but election officials allowed Kennedy to vote while wearing his gun.

Kennedy and members of his group later stood outside the polling place until Pelham police asked them to leave at the request of a poll official.

An armed Kennedy had been turned away from the polls on June 3.

Alabama’s attorney general says counties lack the authority to prohibit firearms at polling places, but churches and other private buildings used as polling places may do so.

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