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Senate panel advances proposal on guns in churches

By The Associated Press

This article was published January 23, 2013 at 12:24 p.m.

— An Arkansas legislative panel has advanced a proposal to allow concealed handguns in churches after rejecting an effort to require places of worship to carry more insurance if they permit firearms.

The Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday endorsed the proposal from Republican Sen. Bryan King of Green Forest that would remove churches from the list of locations where concealed weapons are prohibited.

King’s measure would leave it up to churches to determine whether to allow concealed weapons and who could carry them.

The panel advanced the measure after rejecting a proposed amendment that would have required churches to carry liability insurance to pay for any injury or death resulting from the use of a concealed weapon.

King’s measure now heads to the Senate for a vote.

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FreeSpiritMan says... January 23, 2013 at 1:13 p.m.

Oh, ye of little faith.
The panel needs to ask the preachers what Jesus meant by the words "Blessed are the peacemakers". It seams they think he was referring to Sam Colt's peacemaker. If some one drops their piece and it goes off and someone is killed or injured we sure would not want to burden the congregation with the expense of liability insurance would we. I mean after all republicans hate malepractice insurance and don't wont business to burdned by additional insurance for the CC people. No sir re.

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Got2Kids says... January 23, 2013 at 1:34 p.m.

I think the liability policy requirement was dropped because no other business is required to carry same. Essentially, churches will be treated like any other place of business that does not sell alcohol for on site consumption, i.e. - Concealed carry is permitted unless signs are posted prohibiting same. With all the liberals screaming separation of church and state, I am surprised they have not been up in arms before now complaining about churches receiving the exemption. Why should they be treated different from say the local supermarket? The signs can always be posted prohibiting the practice.

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FreeSpiritMan says... January 23, 2013 at 2:01 p.m.

Re: New Mexico shooting:
Pastor Greg Griego had taught his son how to use the AR-15 rifle and took him shooting regularly, Bernalillo County Sheriff Dan Houston said.
That and kid dressed in fatigues and played violent video games.
No demons here, just a complicit right wing preacher father, and your telling me he could not see the dark side of his son.

Read more: nydailynews. com/news/national/n-m-pastor-taught-killer-son-shoot-article-1.1245610#ixzz2IpWpVpu7

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Zordoc says... January 23, 2013 at 2:03 p.m.

Allowing guns in church is ludicrous. I wonder who would be designated the "Church Killer." The last thing needed is for someone who has never defended life's with a weapon shooting in the sanctuary. If our society has deteriorated to the point we need a gun on every corner we are all in danger I go to church to worship, not to worry who is packing a gun. I have years of experience with weapons and know what they are capable of doing. This bill does nothing for any community. I've trusted in God for 75 years and have made it this far with my faith. Maybe we should allow guns in the legislature and then they could feel nervous of the person next to then. Keep the guns at home locked up and let law renouncement do their job.

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djigoo says... January 23, 2013 at 2:26 p.m.

Jesus wept.

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DontDrinkDatKoolAid says... January 23, 2013 at 2:26 p.m.

Wow! This law is moving fast.

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1soni says... January 23, 2013 at 2:31 p.m.

One person in the new reinforced bunker/choir loft with a M107A1 or even a M136 AT4. No need to have any worries about body armor.... 'Course if they go over the hill......

The only good policy is to make ever single adult, mandatory-open-carry. And let the government use some of that there welfare monies to buy everyone a semi-automatic. Then we can be like some of those other countries were everyone is armed, and safe...

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NoCrossNoCrown says... January 23, 2013 at 3:27 p.m.

Let's just get armed guards for every church and bill the NRA for the additional cost....
Problem solved....next issue

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Jackabbott says... January 23, 2013 at 3:39 p.m.

What about taking down the metal detectors at court houses, the state house, jails and the airport so the NRA nuts can fully achieve their so called 2nd amendment right.
These guys apparently have a lot of time on their hands. They have to address all the killings and shootings and hate in the churches.
It's the economy, stupid, not the guns.

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djigoo says... January 23, 2013 at 4:27 p.m.

Is there an UNCLENobodyGotTimeforDat?

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