Following friction between Alabama poll officials and open carriers in recent elections, the state attorney general is telling county commissions they do not have the authority to forbid guns at polling places.

The recent opinion, released last week by Luther Strange, the state’s attorney general, came following a request for guidance from the Chambers County Commission.

The county had posted signs prohibiting firearms at polling places following guidance from the Alabama Sheriff’s Association in June, then pulled them down after voters complained. In at least one instance, a voter open carrying at a polling place located at a volunteer fire station was told to secure his handgun inside his vehicle before being allowed to vote.

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