Man suing officials in St. Joe Cty for not allowing to carry gun in polling place

A man is suing officials in St. Joseph County for barring him a polling place on primary election day because he was carrying a gun.

Ex-Marine Clay Edinger was denied access to the polls at the Warren Township Fire Station on May 8.

Election workers told him he wasn't allowed inside with his gun, and the assistant fire chief had to escort him out of the building.

St. Joseph County Police were even called to the scene when the man continued to insist that he was within his rights.

Hours later, Edinger returned with his three young children to try to vote while still wearing his gun, but was once again turned away for the same reason.

A 2011 State Law largely prohibits local governments from limiting gun possession, except for buildings that house courtrooms. The Iraq Veteran is a registered voter and has a valid license to carry.

The suit filed Wednesday in Superior Court asks a judge to declare void the local ordinance restricting public gun possession.

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