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Don’t be surprised to see guns at New Hampshire polls, officials say

by  |  Published on November 3, 2016

CONCORD, N.H. —With tensions running high ahead of next week’s election, state officials in New Hampshire said they have been getting questions about whether it is legal to bring guns to the polls.

The short answer, according to state officials, is “yes.”

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“As far as New Hampshire election law is concerned, there are no specific prohibitions on bringing a firearm into a polling place,” said Assistant Attorney General Brian Buonamano.

Buonamano said, under New Hampshire’s “open carry” laws, a firearms owner can usually carry a gun in plain view without any special permit.

However, the situation becomes more complicated when a voter’s polling place is located at a school.

A federal law known the Gun-Free School Zones Act, which was signed by President George H. W. Bush in 1990, prohibits guns on school grounds without a license.

In New Hampshire, that license is a concealed carry permit.

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