By: Teresa Mull
Gun owners: there’s a new sheriff in town. Or, at least, wannabe gun police eager to hassle you for exercising your Second Amendment rights.
USA Today reports:
Gun-control groups are launching a “voter protection campaign” to keep guns out of the polling booths this Election Day.
The social media campaign is encouraging voters who see people with firearms to text “Guns down” to 91990. Reports will be sent to nonpartisan election protection experts, who may contact authorities or send a lawyer to the polling place.
The group calls itself “Guns Down America” and is focusing its efforts in states with tight races.
“Given the troubling political rhetoric we’ve seen over the last two years, and that guns are far too easy to obtain, this campaign will help the majority of Americans who believe that fewer guns keeps us safer fight back and cast their ballots free from fear of intimidation,” Guns Down America’s director, Igor Volsky, said in an interview.
The rules on bringing guns to polling places vary from state-to-state. According to USA Today, “Only Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, and Texas have clear laws prohibiting guns at polls, according to Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence. This week, the Missoula City Council in Montana voted to ban weapons in polling places and other public places.”
Teresa Mull is editor of Gunpowder Magazine. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.