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Illinois senator seeks to ban guns from polling places

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WEEK) — An Illinois senator wants the Land of Lincoln to become the fifth state to ban firearms at the polling place.

State Sen. Ann Gillespie (D-Arlington Heights) said twenty percent of Illinois polling places are in buildings not designated as “gun-free zones.”

“If Texas can see the problem with people bringing guns to vote, then so can Illinois,” said Gillespie. “In these times of intense political division, it’s understandable that people would be concerned about their safety at voting sites. Voters should leave their guns at home. It’s as simple as that.”

Florida, Louisiana, and California also ban guns at polling places. Georgia bans guns within 150 feet of a polling place.

Gillespie said the bill was inspired by an armed man at a polling place in Virginia during the 2016 election who questioned people about their preferred candidates.

The bill is SB 1242. 

Tim Shelley

Social Media & Digital Content Manager

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