As the 2020 election season approaches, gun owners may be wondering, in light of recent events, what options they have in terms of the manner in which they can vote. Here is what you need to know when it comes to voting in this year’s election.
Carrying a Firearm When Voting In Person
If you plan to vote in person on election today, remember that Missouri law prohibits carrying a firearm within 25 feet of a polling place on election day. If anyone in the vicinity of a polling place attempts to threaten, intimidate, or harass you, call the police immediately.
Navigating Demonstrations and Protests
If you encounter demonstrations and large crowds on election day, stay calm and try to avoid an altercation. Quietly go about your business.
I recommend that you not outwardly express your position for any candidate or issue in such a situation. Vote your conscience and be on your way. If you do get involved in an altercation with a protestor, you may be arrested prior to casting your vote and miss the opportunity to influence the outcome of the election.
Remember that this may actually be the goal of some protestors.
You have a right to vote, and to vote safely. If conditions are such that a police presence is required, call the police. Only by standing up for our rights can we safeguard our freedoms. If you expect demonstrations in your area, you can always request a mail-in ballot and vote in advance of election day.
For any questions about voting in the State of Missouri, call U.S. LawShield and ask to speak to me, your Independent Program Attorney.
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