Arkansas Governor Signs Bill For Concealed Carry In Churches and Sports Stadiums

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Arkansas’ governor signed a sweeping gun rights measure into law on Wednesday that will allow concealed handguns at state colleges, some bars, government buildings and even the state Capitol.

NBC4 reports that The measure approved by Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson allows someone to carry concealed handguns at the locations if they undergo up to eight hours of active-shooter training. Hutchinson chaired a National Rifle Association task force that called for trained, armed staff at schools after the 2012 elementary school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut.

The new state law, backed by the National Rifle Association, will take effect on September 1st.

Saturday Down South surmised that the law will allow fans watching college football games to take a weapon and they were less than excited about that proposition.

The new law allows concealed guns at private establishments like bars, restaurants and places of worship — unless there are weapons prohibitions posted at the facilities. Concealed handguns are still banned at K-12 schools, courtrooms and prisons.


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  1. Edwin Stinnett

    Hopefully I can add some prospective for you but we shouldn’t expect everyone to see things the same way. From a law enforcement prospective, we don’t “cry” about the guns in the hands of law abiding citizens no matter how many guns are out there. We are only concerned about the guns that are in the hands of criminals. It is the liberal news media “crying” about the number of guns on the street. Allowing law abiding citizens to have guns for there protection and possibly for yours or mine is a positive whether it is in church, sporting event or most anywhere. If I were you I would be comforted if the person next to me in church was carrying a gun for his and my protection. It’s not where you are that matters when the crazed criminal begins firing into the crowd or into church the congregation, it’s what can you do about it. And rest assured that criminals and the mentally impaired don’t care whether it’s legal or not to carry a gun, no matter where they are. If you aren’t armed you have few options. For me, being a victim in not an option. I’m a Christian and go to church but I’d certainly find another church to attend if mine didn’t allow me to protect my family. you and me. One Sunday while in church a man came through the back door of the auditorium with a small dog in his arms. I noticed him as he approached the front of the church and walk down the isle past me on his way to the front. No one knew what his intentions were, but you can believe I was ready for whatever his agenda was. When our minister acknowledged him I was already making a plan in the event he needed to be restrained or stopped. Fortunately he was peaceful as he was addressed by our minister and then me as I escorted him out. We got him the help he needed (psychiatric) and it was over. However, had he intended harm I was ready to use whatever force necessary to resolve the situation. I hope you will examine your “alternate universe” and see that you really do live there!

  2. ahaz

    I’m definitely not one of these anti-gun nuts, but I fail to understand why these Republican led legislatures fall over themselves to allow more people to carry more weapons around in places where they shouldn’t be! Now I need to be concerned about firearms in church and worse football stadiums where people can get loaded up on booze! And why some LE support legislation like this is astounding. Cops cry about the number of guns on the street, worry that their next stop may be their last because they don’t know who might have a gun, increase the likelihood of innocent civilians being shot, and finally, increase risk to officers on the street. I swear, it’s like living in an alternate universe where common sense id devoid.

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