Despite having the law on his side, an Alabama voter was arrested Tuesday and held for a “voting violation” for showing up at a Pelham polling place open carrying a .357 Magnum Taurus revolver.
According to reports, gun rights activist Robert Kennedy Jr. arrived at the polling site Tuesday morning when he encountered a Shelby County Sheriff’s deputy who ordered him to surrender the firearm before searching the voter and placing him in a patrol car.
Kennedy, a founding member of the gun rights group BamaCarry, had previously been turned away from the polls in June when he tried to vote while wearing his firearm, but had been allowed to vote while armed during a runoff in July.
Officials, in an effort to thwart Kennedy’s gun rights in the midterm election, recently announced than “no firearms” signs would be placed at polling sites in the county.
“Each polling location in Shelby County will have a ‘No Firearm’ sign posted at the entrance of the precinct, at the requests of the private property owner or governing body of the property. This will be enforced in accordance with Alabama law,” the Sheriff’s Office said in a statement last week.