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Beebe says Darr's signing of guns bill 'inappropriate'

By ANDREW DeMILLO The Associated Press

This article was published February 26, 2013 at 11:31 a.m.

— Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe is criticizing Lt. Gov. Mark Darr for making secret the list of Arkansas residents allowed to carry concealed weapons, saying the Republican “embarrassed himself” by signing the legislation while the governor was out of state.

The Democratic governor Tuesday called Darr’s decision to sign the measure “totally inappropriate.” The bill exempts the concealed carry list from the Freedom of Information Act.

Beebe had opposed the measure, but had planned to let it go into law without his signature.

Darr said last week he believed the measure deserved a signature and should be enacted without delay. He signed the measure Friday while Beebe was in Washington for the National Governors Association’s winter meeting.

Beebe said he’ll “much more careful” about leaving the state after Darr’s decision.

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LR1955 says... February 26, 2013 at 11:52 a.m.

I also believe the measure deserved a signature. Beebe, we dont care about your "plans", we care about what you do and have done.

Why don't you eat out at the Red Lobster in WLR, no ASP escort.

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Granny48 says... February 26, 2013 at 12:09 p.m.

What is "inappropriate" about it? Lt. Gov. Darr was left quite lawfully in charge. He merely affixed his signature to a bill that the Governor admits he was going passively to allow to pass. The opportunity was left wide open for a real man to step up and act on his legally ordained convictions and those of his constituents. Lt. Gov. Darr did just that!

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SF72764 says... February 26, 2013 at 12:12 p.m.

I support the bill, but the fact is it was not an emergency bill and could have sat until Beebe returned. Had it been a critical emergency bill I wouldn't object to his signing it.

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ladyLiberty says... February 26, 2013 at 12:14 p.m.

i agree that was underhanded, sneaky and i would not trust Darr out of sight either!
where is the honor and respect in politics?
looks like a gang of cowboys are running this state.
other than Beebe.
the jails will be full of women, doctors, nurses, and democrats if these rednecks get their way!

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NoUserName says... February 26, 2013 at 12:41 p.m.

What other permits are exempt from FOIA? I see no reason to make an exception here. Beebe should have grown a pair and vetoed it.

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Jfish says... February 26, 2013 at 12:43 p.m.

Usually in the long run, you don't gain a whole lot by crossing people who are more powerful and popular than yourself.

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rainbowharold55 says... February 26, 2013 at 1:03 p.m.

REALLY? people here are defending Darr? Stay in town, Mike...maybe he'll crawl back under the rock he came from.

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Murphy01 says... February 26, 2013 at 1:26 p.m.

Did all you bleeding hearts cry foul when democrat Jerry Jewell pardoned a convicted murder, and drug dealer while acting as governor back in the nineties?
Darr put his name on a document. It was going to become law with or without it, big freaking deal.

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rainbowharold55 says... February 26, 2013 at 1:42 p.m.

MURPHY01: Yes, we did. I always call out underhanded behavior and injustices.

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quiet4us2 says... February 26, 2013 at 1:45 p.m.

At least he was working which is more than we can say for you Booboo. And when the "Open Carry" law comes up for signing please go out of town again. Your good at it.

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