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Guns in polling places has some churches concerned

WICHITA, Kansas - It is a decision that has some concerned. Guns in polling places.
 
"If being a polling place means that we have to allow weapons in our synagogue, then I would have to cease being a polling place," said Rabbi Michael Davis, Congregation Emanu-El.
 
Attorney General Derek Schmidt says if your polling place already bans guns, then nothing changes. No guns allowed.
 
But if guns are allowed before voting takes place, then voters can bring guns to the polls with them.     
 
"It is a little bit different when people from the community, who I don't know are coming in and I don't know their intentions, I don't know their background, I don't know their state of mind and it is a little scary."
 
So what about places that don't explicitly have a sign?
 
"In order for someone to not be allowed to carry right now, polling place aside, they have to have that marked, they have to have the signage on their property already," said Tabitha Lehman, Sedgwick County Election Commissioner. 
 
Currently, only 23-percent of polling places in Sedgwick County are municipal buildings.
 
Sixty-six percent are in religious centers, but for now, Lehman says there is no need for alarm.
 
"It obviously has not generated enough concern for people to start calling us and asking yet, but we anticipate at some point it will."
 
Lehman says that if a polling place did chose to close its doors the county would work to ensure a new polling place would be found that is close to the old one.
 
Right now, they're sending out letters and making phone calls to make sure all polling places are aware of the decision.
 
If a polling place does want to get a sign, it's really simple, all they need to do is go to the attorney general's website and print one out.
 

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