- The Washington Times - Sunday, February 23, 2014

A Texas security guard and avid gun supporter was turned away from early voting on Tuesday for wearing a T-shirt supporting the Second Amendment.

Chris Driskill’s T-shirt read, “2nd Amendment – America’s Original Homeland Security,” featuring a skull and crossbones with a pair of shotguns, a local news station reported.

Mr. Driskill was asked to leave the Waller County Courthouse in Hempstead as he was trying to cast his early-voting ballot in the Republican primary.

“I heard a gentleman’s voice over my shoulder say ‘he can’t vote with that shirt on. You’ll have to either turn it inside out our you’ll have to leave,’” he told KHOU 11 News.

“I didn’t quite understand it at first. I was thinking they just didn’t like something about the 2nd Amendment,” Mr. Driskill said.



Texas Election Code section 85.036 stipulates that “a person may not electioneer for or against any candidate, measure, or political party” within 100 feet of an early voting place.

Mr. Driskill’s shirt is considered “electioneering,” since the Republican Primary ballot includes a proposition asking for a yes or no vote on expanded support for gun owners, the station said.

He was offered a suit jacket by a local Republican candidate so he was able to cast his ballot that day.

“If you have to turn around and go change shirts, you know, so be it,” Mr. Driskill told KHOU 11. “But get out and vote.”

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