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During jury selection and you are a potential jury member, are you required to answer the question if asked whether you own a firearm or are a member of the NRA?

  • An attempt to keep this kind of information from the court is a good indicator that the potential juror has no business deciding the case. – bdb484 Aug 7 '18 at 15:14
  • Not necessarily. It could be that the individual doesn't believe the court or any other government agency has any business knowing whether they own firearms or support the NRA. – Aaron Aug 7 '18 at 22:34
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    Exactly. And if he is really so blinded by those feelings that he doesn't realize they could affect deliberations, he has no business deciding the case. – bdb484 Aug 8 '18 at 3:12
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If you are directly asked a question, you might sit there silently or explicitly refuse to answer, and the judge may order you to answer (refusing the order would be contempt). A non-responsive answer when being individually examined by an attorney is to be corrected by re-asking the question, to get a complete answer. However, if the pool is asked a generic question ("Is anybody here a member of the NRA ~ does anyone here work for Google, raise your hand") silence (or not raising your hand) would be perjury. See People v. Meza 188 Cal.App.3d 1631, People v. Blackwell for example.

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