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Local Wis. leaders can ban hidden guns at polls

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MADISON (AP) -

Wisconsin elections officials have shifted their rationale for banning concealed weapons at the polls.

Local election clerks have asked the Government Accountability Board whether voters can pack at the polls.

GAB attorney Mike Haas concluded local governments can ban concealed weapons at the polls because elections qualify as special events.

Haas told the board Tuesday his staff has adopted a cleaner analysis from the state Justice Department.

That agency concluded a provision in the concealed carry law that allows local governments to ban weapons in spaces they occupy extends to polling places, whether the sites are on government property or not.

Haas says his staff will advise municipalities to develop their own policies. He wasn't sure they would have time to make decisions ahead of the June 5 recall, however.

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