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Senate delays vote on guns-in-church bill

By The Associated Press

This article was published January 24, 2013 at 9:51 a.m.

— The Arkansas Senate is waiting until next week to vote on a proposal that would allow concealed handguns in churches.

Republican Sen. Bryan King said Thursday that he’ll seek a vote next week on his proposal to remove churches from the list of locations where concealed handguns are prohibited.

On Thursday, the Senate approved an amendment to King’s bill that would make it take effect immediately if signed by the governor

King’s proposal was backed Wednesday by the Senate Judiciary Committee.

A similar measure by King was approved by the House two years ago, but failed before a Senate committee.

Democratic Gov. Mike Beebe has indicated he’ll likely sign the measure if it reaches his desk.


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Jackabbott says... January 24, 2013 at 11:51 a.m.

This is not a good bill. Amidst the worst economy in 50 years, the legislature is wasting its time and taxpayers' money on trying to fix a problem that does not exist or harm anyone.
In fact, once this appears in the national media, it will hurt Arkansas in attempting to get firms to locate here. Asa has already hurt the state with his untimely comments about the Newtown shootings and now this.
These guys need to do some positive things for the state and not harm it.
This is complete nonsense.

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Capitalist12 says... January 24, 2013 at 11:52 a.m.

I applaud this action by Senator King. We do not need government making decisions for churches. Let the people of the church decide for themselves. This is democracy, a dissapearing entity in Washington these days but fortunately still alive in Arkansas.

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FreeSpiritMan says... January 24, 2013 at 12:13 p.m.

Question: When people from out of town move to our gun slinging state that want to attend church, how will they know which one has a pistol packing congregation, just in case they want to attend one that is not? Will there be some type of code word used in ads in the yellow pages and the religion section of the ADG? Will some have to put out a sign "Our Church is Gun Free" and others one that says "We Pack". Let me see if I have this right, certain lifestyles are an abomination unto GOD, as is eating shellfish and women wearing men's cloths, as in Levi's. Do you think “Pistol Packing in his house would be considered an abomination? But, do you think packing a Glock while kneeling in prayer for GOD to keep you and your family safe is an example of your strong faith? Just asking.

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HOTDEMN says... January 24, 2013 at 12:42 p.m.

As long as they can entertain the peanut gallery with this kind of nonsense they can avoid addressing real issues. There were enough voters in Arkansas that were stupid enough to elect these raisin cookies so now we all get to reap the benefits of their collective ignorance. This is just the tip of the iceberg of the inanity to come. Grab your Bibles and your Ballocks folks, you ain't seen nuthin yet.

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NSTEHLE says... January 24, 2013 at 1:17 p.m.

This is a solid compromise bill. While it does not remove "churches or other houses of worship" from the list of prohibited places for concealed carry permit holders, it does allow churches to determine whether someone or anyone (or no one) will be allowed to carry. If the church does nothing, the ban remains in effect. If the church decides to allow carry of concealed firearms, they can notify the congregants in any way they see fit.

Best of all, it overturns our currently unconstitutional law. While all other places currently banned under concealed handgun law are public buildings or serve alcohol, churches are singled out in the law for prohibition. This violates the establishment clause because it forces churches to adhere to the belief systems of the people who wrote the original law.

The current law would never stand up in court, anyway. It's time for the anti-gun crazies to get their laws off of my church.

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LittleRockVoter says... January 24, 2013 at 1:22 p.m.

Thank God the Arkansas Senate postponed the vote on this misguided legislation to give their constituents and church leaders in Arkansas time to make their voices heard. It is disappointing that the state of Arkansas is wasting time and precious tax dollars discussing this proposal. Good grief!

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HOTDEMN says... January 24, 2013 at 2:04 p.m.

I wonder if they want guns in ALL Churches or just CHRISTIAN Churches ? How do you gun huggers feel about having armed Muslim Mosques scattered around our lovely Country ? :-)
Can everybody play or just the Nutballs ??

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DontDrinkDatKoolAid says... January 24, 2013 at 4:10 p.m.

The State Legislators are not wasting their time nor our tax dollars in discussing our right to defend ourselves.
For all we know, those Muslim Mosques scattered around our lovely Country are already armed. ;-)

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NoCrossNoCrown says... January 24, 2013 at 6:41 p.m.

B Smith if you don't stop axing dem tough questions
I'ma skin ya

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FreeSpiritMan says... January 24, 2013 at 8:26 p.m.

NoCrossNoCrown...... Would you like to meet face to face to discuss this matter, if so please email me at smithbill @ windstream . net and we can privatly set up a meeting place.

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