Legally Armed Man at North Carolina Polling Place Arrested for Trespassing

North Carolina polling place vote

A steady line of voters wait outside of Cameron Village Library in Raleigh, N.C. (Juli Leonard/The News & Observer via AP)

From the Associated Press:

In North Carolina, an armed man loitering at a polling site on Election Day has been arrested and charged with trespassing.

Thirty-six-year-old Justin Dunn was legally carrying a firearm but loitered at the Charlotte site after voting Tuesday morning, which prompted a precinct official to call police over fears of voter intimidation. A precinct official accompanied by a police officer asked him to leave the site and banned him from the location.

Police say Dunn left the precinct but returned about two hours later. He was taken into custody and charged with second-degree trespassing.

Publicly listed numbers for Dunn were disconnected when a reporter tried to reach him Tuesday.


  1. avatar Hannibal says:

    So the guy votes and then refuses to leave until given a trespass warning… then comes back?

    Was his goal to get arrested?

    1. avatar Tired of the bs says:

      If so…..success, or he’s just a dumbass.

      1. avatar Tom in Oregon says:

        I vote “dumbazz”.

        (And I don’t care which side he was rooting for.)

      2. avatar Marc says:

        No…..just from Florida.

        1. avatar george lortz says:

          Hey, I resemble that remark!!

    2. avatar The Rookie says:

      I’m wondering if the guy is hoping for his 15 minutes of internet fame or something?

  2. avatar Dennis Sumner says:

    Dummy!! All you had to do was say you were with blm!

    1. avatar Dude says:

      Wait…did we just figure out a way to stop the rioting looting vandals? Arrest them for trespassing. Brilliant! You should go tell blue city mayors. Problem solved!

      1. avatar Huntmaster says:

        Why can’t we just arrest rioting looting vandals for rioting, looting and vandalizing.

        1. avatar Dude says:

          Apparently, they aren’t allowed to do that or they would have…unless they wanted them to riot.

        2. avatar LarryinTX says:

          That’s simple peaceful protesting.

      2. avatar Tom John Carlson says:

        It is not looting if they are in need.

    2. avatar Southern Cross says:

      Or a local ANTIFA Commissar ensuring deplorables vote correctly.

  3. avatar The Rookie says:

    Play stupid games, win stupid prizes.

  4. avatar Bigus Dickus says:

    Possession of a firearm at a polling location is illegal in many states.

    1. avatar The Crimson Pirate says:

      Apparently not there. Also perfectly legal in PA. I always open carry to vote and have never had any problems. Today I don’t even think anyone noticed.

  5. avatar former water walker says:

    Mayhap he WAS trying to intimidate. What a goofball. Or a-hole…been mighty quiet in southern Cook/NW Indiana. Dunno what’ll happen if slow Joe “wins”.

  6. avatar Virgil Caldwell says:

    What a damn idiot

  7. avatar TRUMP WINS KENTUCKY!!!!!! says:

    You would have to be a mouth breathing moron if you went into a polling place unarmed…..
    Sure, more than likely nothing would happen… but with the way the dirty dems play, the chances are higher that one might snap and FAFO!!!

    1. avatar Montana Actual says:

      neckbeard was open carrying in a nylon drop leg holster and sitting in a chair “to keep watch”. Should have just sat in his parked 96 s10 and brought up some of those cool apps that listen to scanners lol.

      I am all for open carry, and I am all for breaking the gun free zone bullshit… but this was duuuumb!

      1. avatar LarryinTX says:

        Boy, that does sound a lot like standing in front of the entrance and playing with a club, doesn’t it? Of course, nobody bothered that fine example.

  8. avatar Montana Actual says:


    Could have just sat in his car and chilled instead of trying to oper8 like a larping tool. Would have achieved a much more satisfying feeling and less sweat forming on the neck beard. It could have been like a stake out, but you had to go full paul blart mall cop on a poll location. When patrioting goes wrong…

  9. avatar Carl says:

    Sad really, how few in the gun community understand what liberty and freedom actually is…the 2A’s “shall not be infringed” should be honored and expected, but yet we have comments like these from sheeple and cowards who think it should be unlawful to loiter. Very disappointing indeed!

    1. avatar uncommon_sense says:


      Apparently you and I are in a tiny minority.

      I suppose I might eventually come around to the idea that we cannot sit or stand in a public location if someone complains that we sat or stood there too long — regardless of the fact that we were not hindering nor harming anyone, nor interfering with anything. Yes sir, I should come around to that idea in another 97 years or so.

      1. avatar Truth Teller says:


      2. avatar Carl says:

        Dumbfounding! 2A advocates don’t clearly understand the wizard’s spell which they and the ignorant masses are under…they don’t see their own enslavement and fight to keep their invisible bindings. D’oh!
        “The Jones Plantation”

    2. avatar StriFriedPanda says:

      He was not arrested for having a firearm…He was arrested for trespassing.

  10. avatar Matt in Oklahoma says:

    He was an idiot and needed removal. His “legally armed” status has nothing to do with it

  11. avatar Chris T in KY says:

    As I have said before. If your going to open carry then also carry a pro 2A sign. People carry signs outside of voting locations all the time. Its normal. Its the 1st amendment in action.
    The “gun community” needs to learn how to communicate. And this guy got what he deserved. An arrest record.

    1. avatar LarryinTX says:

      Just have to remain over 100′ away, right?

      1. avatar Chris T in KY says:

        Correct. All you need is 100 feet distance from the polls. In California I use to pass by sign carriers all the time on election day. This guy has rightly earned his arrest record.

  12. avatar W says:

    Loitering in different parts of polling areas is illegal in some states. In some, one is allowed to come in, vote, and leave but not to loiter, whether armed or unarmed.

    Poll watchers may stay and observe. However, and again, this is a state by state rule, they must be “certified” by a political party and check in with an election official.

    Then again, if he had been NBPP in Philadelphia, former AG Holder would have gone to bat for him.

  13. avatar Al Bondigas says:

    I wonder if he’s pissed because he can’t open carry in his jail cell.

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