11/01/2010

"Bangor police officer denied right to vote after refusing to surrender weapon"

Apparently a few days after this the election warden was dismissed, but it shows that even in gun friendly Maine the view that some people have of guns.

In the 18 years that he has been a police officer in Bangor, James Dearing couldn’t think of a single time when someone has asked him to turn over his firearm.

Until last Friday.

Dearing, who was patrolling his assigned beat near the Bangor Civic Center, decided to stop in and cast an early vote. He walked into the polling place in full uniform and stood in a short line with other voters.

One of the election officials told Dearing he couldn’t bring his gun inside. The officer said he thought it was a joke.

Election warden Wayne Mallar then approached Dearing and reiterated the request: Turn over your weapon to another officer or we can’t let you vote.

Dearing refused.

“I would never relinquish my weapon,” the officer said later. . . .

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2 Comments:

Blogger Raven Lunatic said...

Well, are there laws against carrying weapons inside a polling place? Do those laws have exceptions for police? Do those exceptions include a clause along the lines of "while performing [their] duties"?

I mean, while it's stupid to not let a properly behaving cop (...or really any law abiding citizen, for that matter) vote while armed, if for some reason it is against the law...

11/01/2010 9:28 PM  
Blogger Raven Lunatic said...

Well, are there laws against carrying weapons inside a polling place? Do those laws have exceptions for police? Do those exceptions include a clause along the lines of "while performing [their] duties"?

I mean, while it's stupid to not let a properly behaving cop (...or really any law abiding citizen, for that matter) vote while armed, if for some reason it is against the law...

11/01/2010 9:28 PM  

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