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House panel approves guns-in-church measure

By The Associated Press

This article was published January 31, 2013 at 11:07 a.m.

— A House panel has advanced legislation that would allow concealed handguns in churches in Arkansas.

The House Judiciary Committee on Thursday approved a bill that would leave it up to churches and other houses of worship to decide whether to allow concealed handguns.

The bill by Republican Sen. Bryan King of Green Forest would also allow churches to determine who may carry concealed weapons. The measure passed on a voice vote.

Of the 49 states that allow concealed handguns, Arkansas is among 10 that specifically prohibit them in churches. The Senate earlier this week approved King’s bill.

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

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Concerned_Citizen says... January 31, 2013 at 12:06 p.m.

Well...I guess I won't be going to church anymore!!! Can't go to the theatre, restaurant, mall now church!!! Guess I will be a homebody!!! At least I know how to cook.....

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Jackabbott says... January 31, 2013 at 12:41 p.m.

Christ threw the moneychangers out of the temple. Now the infidels want to bring guns into churches. Instead of bingo we will now have target practice events.
What next guns at day-car centers to stop cry babies.

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RBBrittain says... January 31, 2013 at 12:56 p.m.

Personally, I'd really be worried if I were the preacher. Kinda hard to point out the hypocrites in the congregation if they're packing heat...

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Bender42 says... January 31, 2013 at 1:20 p.m.

Will allow guns in church, but not prayer in schools! What happened to separation of church and state!

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LETSBEREALISTIC says... January 31, 2013 at 4:33 p.m.

I heard some ole lady in the doctor office saying she didn't want to be sitting next to some crazy guy with a gun in his pocket. Well the reality is, given the enrollment percentage in Concealed Carry Classes that more than likely she'll be sitting next to a woman with a gun in her purse, and she'll also know how to use it.

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FreeSpiritMan says... January 31, 2013 at 5:01 p.m.

Letsberealistic.........CC Classes are a crock, you think somebody can go to a class and be taught which end the bullet comes out and how to load it and point it after 6 hours of training and them go out and be the defenders of American society sitting in a movie and at church, you are dreaming. And you think grandma or grandpa sitting in their pew are a match for a nut case with a Bushmaster?
Training a Texas policeman: The academy is 32 weeks long. The academic structure of the class includes 1,280 hours of instruction, 618 of which are hours required by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement
Arkansas Concealed Carry:This class will consist of 6 hours of instruction in the classroom and on the range.

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FormerKansan says... January 31, 2013 at 5:42 p.m.

Those of us with CHCL (Concealed Handgun Carry Licenses) are not the ones to fear. It was a very good and serious course that I took. Once you get your license you are not going to do anything to lose that privilege. Those who are carrying guns illegally are the ones to worry about. Lock up the criminals. Don't disarm all the law abiding citizens.

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RonalFos says... January 31, 2013 at 7:06 p.m.

Churches should be required to post if they are allowing guns in the church. I will not walk into a church that I know allows guns. It's not that I don't own guns. It just tells me a lot about a congregation if they are so afraid that they feel they need for guns inside the church. I can't think of a more inappropriate place to allow guns.

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