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State lawmakers taking up gun proposals

By The Associated Press

This article was published January 23, 2013 at 7:18 a.m.

Bryan King. State Senate District 5.

— Arkansas lawmakers are taking up a proposal to allow concealed handguns in church and a resolution encouraging government officials to not infringe on 2nd Amendment rights.

The Senate Judiciary Committee was expected Wednesday to consider a bill that would allow concealed handguns in churches.

The measure by Republican Sen. Bryan King of Green Forest would allow churches and other places of worship to determine who could carry a concealed handgun into their facilities.

Concealed weapons are currently banned from churches.

The House State Agencies and Governmental Affairs Committee also planned to consider a non

binding resolution by Republican Rep. Richard Womack of Arkadelphia encouraging state, local and federal officials to “respect and preserve the rights guaranteed by the Second Amendment.”

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LETSBEREALISTIC says... January 23, 2013 at 8:07 a.m.

Good job and if teachers aren't now allowed to responsibly, if licensed and with trigger guards, carry concealed guns then they should be.

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TuckerMax says... January 23, 2013 at 8:24 a.m.

Too bad they don't have the same respect for the First, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, Eighth, and Ninth Amendments.

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LittleRockVoter says... January 23, 2013 at 9:13 a.m.

Aside from the bill to let college students carry a concealed weapon to class on college campuses, this is the dumbest idea I've ever heard of. I don't want to go to any church where my fellow parishioners are carrying concealed weapons. If you need to carry a gun to church for protection then I think it’s time to find a new place to worship.

I find it interesting that none of the Arkansas legislators that are promoting carrying concealed weapons to college classrooms and churches are pushing to change the concealed weapon law to allow the good people of Arkansas to carry concealed weapons in state office buildings; meetings of the legislators at the capital; and to courthouses and courtrooms. It seems that when it comes to their safety these legislators are not inclined to trust a person with a concealed weapon permit to protect them should the need arise.

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Libertarian says... January 23, 2013 at 9:55 a.m.

Jacabbott, name calling aside, you're half right. A church is no more immune from crime than any other location. Making them gun free could make them a more attractive target to criminals and the deranged.

What if someone were in a church intending harm? It has happened more than once. It could be a church in a more dangerous area would like to know a couple of parishioners were prepared for the worst.

Regardless, it shouldn't be dictated by the state. Let each church decide, same as any other private property owner.

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NoCrossNoCrown says... January 23, 2013 at 9:58 a.m.

The "Pistol Packing Jesus" Bill....
Good point Max...

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NoCrossNoCrown says... January 23, 2013 at 10:03 a.m.

Can't wait till we have the shoot-out at the Mt. OK Corral Worship Center....
Film at 11:00

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23cal says... January 23, 2013 at 10:48 a.m.

Rick Perry says instead of gun laws we need to pray. Surely a whole building full of God's children praying will be adequate for Him to reach out and protect them without opening the church up for concealed carry. Surely.

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Jfish says... January 23, 2013 at 11:06 a.m.

I don't see the big deal in allowing a person with a CC permit to carry it in church. We all probably walk by several people a day on the sidewalks, grocery stores, etc., who conceal guns.

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Jackabbott says... January 23, 2013 at 11:46 a.m.

The unofficial state unemployment rate is 7% and the real rate is probably double or triple that. Whirlpool left the state and took over 5,000 jobs from FT. Smith to China and Mexico, Hawker is going down in LR, and LRAFB is downsizing and these guys want to arm church members. Is this to prevent all the killings and terror in Churhes? I guess the curator at the LR Zoo left the gates unlocked again.
Who in their right mind would want to sit in church not konwing if the person seated behind you is a NRA half-wit, a mentally unchallenged person having a bad day, an ilegal having a bad day or a terrorit out for a good time or for some publicitiy?
These guys need to adjourn now and go home and shoot it out with their campaign contributors.

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DontDrinkDatKoolAid says... January 23, 2013 at 12:01 p.m.

In God I trust ... all others are suspect.
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News Flash ... currently there are Churchs permitting various members to carry a side arm.

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