Kimber Gun Rights Bulletin: Terrorist Threat Highlights Need for Armed Americans at Polling Places



CBS News has learned about a potential terror threat for the day before the election. Sources told CBS News senior investigative producer Pat Milton that U.S. intelligence has alerted joint terrorism task forces that al Qaeda could be planning attacks in three states for Monday. It is believed New York, Texas and Virginia are all possible targets, though no specific locations are mentioned.”

Hmmm. Where could terrorists strike that would have a tremendous impact on the American psyche — on the eve of presidential election? I know! A polling station! A place where Americans gather in large numbers to vote! Turns out I’m not the first one to come to that conclusion.

As Election Day nears, federal law enforcement is planning for several worst-case scenarios.

Earlier this week, an alert warned local police of “polling places” being seen as “attractive targets” for “lone wolf”-type attacks by individuals motivated by violent extremist ideologies, sovereign citizen or other extremist activity.

What about warning voters, preferably armed voters? Not an issue in New York or Texas (surprisingly), where voters can’t be armed under law. Luckily, Virginia gun owners are not deprived of their natural, civil and Constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms when they vote.

Still, as a Texas resident banned from bearing arms when I vote, this news doesn’t give me warm fuzzier. There ought not to be a law.


  1. avatar FedUp says:

    I’ll be carrying here in Michigan, as always.
    Pity those who live in slave states (or worse slave states than mine, to phrase it more accurately).

    It’s funny how people assume Texas is automatically pro-gun. Likewise Florida, the leader of the ‘shall issue’ pack, where it’s still generally illegal to open carry or carry in a nightclub nearly 30 years after shall issue became the law.

    “According to the nonprofit Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, which tracks state gun laws, there are six states that generally prohibit bringing guns in polling places (Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana and Texas). Another four ban concealed carry guns in polling places (Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska and South Carolina), but it gets complicated when you drill down into their open carry laws.”

    1. avatar FedUp says:

      That quote I hurriedly edited into my post was from Washington Post, and they got it from the “Gun Violence” groups, so take it for what it’s worth…

  2. avatar Geoff PR says:

    The good news is, Democrat run cities are usually may (as in, non) issue, so a terrorist strike will likely be successful there…

    1. avatar HP says:

      I was thinking the same thing. An attack in a large city would keep large numbers of Democrats away from the polls. For most gun owners, carrying concealed to a polling place is something that will be done, state laws be damned. Would you be intimidated out of voting if terrorists struck a polling place? Neither would I. Might toss an extra magazine in my jacket, though.

      1. avatar Geoff PR says:

        Oh, hell yeah!

        A NYC terror hit and voters staying home *might* tip NY State to red…

        1. avatar Rokurota says:

          Holy crap, are you rooting for a terror strike? I wouldn’t wish another 9/11 on my worst enemy. Besides, if an attack compromises the polls, especially in a major city, you know they will extend voting — a move which I would support.

  3. I will be working at the polls on Tuesday, I will be armed and in uniform. I welcome armed voters.

  4. avatar Warren says:

    I’m in Texas, I chose to vote early. I wasn’t a fan of being unarmed, but thankfully I was in and out within minutes. This (large numbers of unarmed people congregating in a target-rich environment) is just one more reason why. But really I hate long lines, I don’t like small talk with strangers, much less political talk, and I have better things to do and better places to be in the middle of a weekday.

  5. avatar Tom in Oregon says:

    I was armed when I voted.
    Oh wait, I did it by mail a couple weeks ago.

    1. avatar Ing says:

      Ha! Same here. There were more guns than ballots in that polling place.

  6. avatar MisterAmax says:

    I was armed while I voted. Oh wait…I mailed by ballot. Filled it out at home. I was surrounded by guns.

    This is America…fear for your life? Is a threat made against us from terrorist? Defend our self’s? How dare we.

  7. avatar Model 31 says:

    Most likely just setting the stage, to give reason to keep the Virginia polls open late enough to make sure HRC wins the state. I have absolutely no fear of a terror attack in Texas as I live and vote in a rural area. I’m not happy about disarming, but I’ll keep alert and note where the exits are. The truth is I’m much more likely to see a dead person voting straight (D) than I am to see a terrorist.

  8. avatar anonymoose says:

    I saw a No-Guns sign at the Cleveland Board of Elections, and one cop wandering around, but no metal detectors, so theoretically I could have CC’d in there without anyone noticing (not saying I did, but I could have).

  9. avatar michael says:

    Coincidence? Trying to supress voter turnout by media scaring the sheep! Go vote people. All a ploy to get the whore in!

  10. avatar Ralph says:

    I might have carried at the polls when I voted early on Tuesday. Then again, maybe I didn’t. It was so long ago and far away that I can’t really remember.

    Maybe I have Hillary Disease. The last time she spoke to the FBI, she couldn’t remember anything either.

    1. avatar Model 31 says:

      Yep, she can’t remember anything under oath, but can make millions writing her memoirs.

      1. avatar GS650G says:

        Her memory might also be pretty good when someone asks for a favor down the road. If not, there may be ways to jog those little cells.

  11. avatar GS650G says:

    I voted while armed, dropped the absentee ballot in the mailbox last week.

  12. avatar Roger says:

    We may be able to be armed in Virginia when voting, but a lot (most, maybe) polling stations are in schools, so…no guns.

    1. avatar blahpony says:

      I fall under that category.

  13. avatar roger says:

    We may be able to be armed while voting in Virginia, but a lot (Most, maybe) of the polling stations are in schools so… guns.

  14. avatar roger says:

    A lot of Virginias polling stations, maybe even most, are in schools so….no guns.

    1. avatar uncommon_sense says:

      Holy echo Batman!

      1. avatar Ing says:

        Holy echo Batman!

        1. avatar Ing says:


  15. avatar EJQ says:

    Early voting is at City Hall. One door is for voting, the next door is the police department. Election Day will be inside schools and churches. Today was the last day for Early voting, there won’t be any on Monday. I thought the threat was for Monday, so unless these terrorists want to destroy the early ballots…,I’m not sure what their agenda is.

  16. avatar DaveW says:

    Well, the present regime had no complaint about Iraqis being armed or having armed security people as the voted and dipped a finger into purple ink.

    If HRC gets the election, I think she should immediately be indicted tried, found guilty and banished to the middle east faster than she can sign an Executive Order filled with gun controls. (Although she probably has them already written and signed… they just need to be dated.)

  17. avatar uncommon_sense says:

    “… as a Texas resident banned from bearing arms when I vote …”

    If I were in your situation and decided to honor such a law, I would have an armed friend come with me and wait at the edge of the “no legal firearms beyond this point” line.

  18. avatar uncommon_sense says:

    Why in the world would terrorists attack polling locations on the day before the election? First of all, there will not be anyone there. Second of all, local police would simply show up in force on election day.

    It seems to me a terrorist would have a MUCH greater impact if they attacked a polling location on the day of the election — especially in the afternoon when the highest concentration of people are there to vote.*

    * I assume the highest concentration of people would be in the afternoon and corresponds to people voting on their way home from work. If this is incorrect, then a terrorist would obviously adjust to the best time of day.

  19. avatar former water walker says:

    I voted 2 weeks ago. And l remember feeling sick as I live in Cook co.,Illinois. And I was “somewhat”armed…wouldn’t a moose-lim attack benefit Donnie? Jus’sayin’?

  20. avatar strych9 says:

    I voted armed in 2014, at a polling station. Now that we do mostly drop box/mail in ballots, I again voted armed.

  21. avatar Rusty Chains says:

    Here in Georgia you can’t carry at a polling station (likely a carry over from Jim Crow days). Add to that most are in schools (no campus carry) or in churches (have to get permission from priest/preacher/pastor).

    Democrats are all in favor of putting burdens on actual enumerated constitutional rights, but bristle at the idea of putting burdens on the ones they make up out of thin air!

  22. avatar Libertarian says:

    4 off places nothing goes over Utah.
    For permitless carry i see kansas on top at off places.

    Texas and Floridas gun scoring is an joke.

  23. avatar Darkwing says:

    Bad news sheeple, if you walk into a polling place armed, you have committed a felony, under federal and state law. Do not poke the bear, If someone spots the weapon you are toast. Lock the weapon in the car, vote and go about your way. I work for the BOE, we are told to look for weapons and report it. I carry all the time but I am very careful

    1. avatar MamaLiberty says:

      I’ve “voted” twice in the last ten years… for ballot measures, not for people. The poling place is in the old Wyoming National Guard armory, and I carried openly both times. Nobody cared.

      Nothing worth going for this time, so I’ll stay home. We’re not expecting any “terrorists” either. 🙂

      1. avatar My Life Matters says:

        It’s everyone’s right to vote or not vote just like it’s everyone’s right to carry or not carry. Just don’t go crying when the election doesn’t go the way you want it and you didn’t participate. There are no good choices but I know who wants to take away my rights and I will do my part to ensure they don’t get in office.

        1. avatar MamaLiberty says:

          I have not “cried” about any election ever. They can’t “go the way *I* want” whether I participate or not, because I don’t want any politicians to control my life – or yours – in any way. Remember that choosing any perceived “lesser evil” is still choosing evil.

          I choose non-aggression, voluntary association, individual liberty with integrity. I work hard to choose that every day, in every way possible.

          If you wish to choose some form of evil. you certainly have that right. Just don’t be upset or surprised when what you get is evil.

  24. avatar Gregolas says:

    I wil be voting armed Tuesday, as it is legal in AL to do so.

  25. avatar Mikial says:

    If you are concerned about security at the polling place, you can always do an absentee ballot. I always sign up for one and if i decide to vote in person, i just turn in the unused absentee ballet when i show up to vote in person.

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