Person intimidating with gun
Of particular concern are states with loose open carry laws, where already, some armed Trump supporters have shown an interest in making their presence known at voting sites.“The idea that people would be standing outside the polls with guns, or even inside the polls with guns, clearly has the potential to turn people away. In theory, that could set up a confrontation between federal voter intimidation laws and state open-carry laws (federal law would generally trump state law).
There’s a long history of this,” said Deuel Ross, an attorney for the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, which is very active in voting rights litigation. However, according to Kristen Clarke, the president and executive director of Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, federal laws are rarely ever used to address voter intimidation claims.“There’s not just much of a history of the federal government using them,” Clarke said, adding that her group, which monitors elections to ensure all eligible voters can cast a ballot, is more reliant on state and local systems to address instances of voter intimidation.
Even Eric Reed, the outspoken founder of Gun Rights Across America, agrees that these tactics are unnecessary and damaging to the cause.
What we are doing is working and society is coming to view the sight of ‘military style rifles’ in public as just another normal thing. ” Whether or not open-carry counterdemonstrations are a good thing, they are assuredly a thing.
he latest skirmish in the fight between the First and Second Amendments arrived this past weekend with an incident in Dallas, Texas.
A group of four women, members of a post–Sandy Hook group called Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, found themselves trapped inside a restaurant when a group of demonstrators from Open Carry Texas decided to stage a little something-something in the parking lot.
Donald Trump is engaging in an unprecedented campaign of voter fraud fear-mongering.
Not only is he putting Americans’ trust in the bedrock of U. democracy at risk, but what he has urged his supporters to do — in stump speeches across the country — would, if carried out, likely be a form of illegal voter intimidation. I’m going to make them a little bit nervous.”Two Trump supporters in Virginia last week staged a 12-hour open carry “protest” outside a Democratic campaign office, though they denied they posed any kind of threat.Kory Watkins of the group Open Carry Tarrant County, visited Texas lawmakers on Tuesday to speak with them about House Bill 195, which looks to overturn the state’s ban on the open carry of handguns.