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Open carry is in law, Arkansas governor tells officials

State police, prosecutors don’t alter policies

By John Moritz

This article was published December 29, 2017 at 4:30 a.m.

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Gov. Asa Hutchinson talks with reporters at the state capitol in Little Rock.

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, left, and Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge, right, speak to members of the media outside the White House,...

Col. Bill Bryant, the state police director, is shown in this file photo.

Prosecuting Attorney Larry Jegley is shown in this file photo.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson, in a letter sent to the Arkansas State Police and prosecutors, said this month that he believes that a much-debated 2013 state law allows for the open carry of handguns, though no officials have announced a change in policy in response to the governor's message.

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, left, and Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge, right, speak to members of the media outside the White House,...

Col. Bill Bryant, the state police director, is shown in this file photo.

Prosecuting Attorney Larry Jegley is shown in this file photo.

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WGT says... December 29, 2017 at 7:07 a.m.

This will be interesting. The ambiguity of the law should be clearly removed. The law should be amended, made clear, black and white, up and down, no room for doubt, agreed upon by the legislature, the governor, the AG,state police, and all other law enforcement communities, county sheriffs, constables, city police, with clear, concise definition. Mr. Hutchinson is smarter than this opinion. It looks like a political maneuver to garner support in future election contests.

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LR1955 says... December 29, 2017 at 7:42 a.m.

As I read this article’s headline, the theme song to “The Rifleman” popped into my head.
Licensed & Concealed is one thing, but this open carry BS....OMG

I think I’ll go looking for a high capacity short barrel shotgun with a sling and a couple boxes of buckshot

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notbot says... December 29, 2017 at 9:19 a.m.

He thinks the same base will turn up for next elections...looks like he’ll pull out a gun at a speech while wearing a too small cowboy hat!

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Kharma says... December 29, 2017 at 10:57 a.m.

I support the 2nd Amendment, own many firearms, have enough ammo on hand to start an insurgency, and carry concealed every day for my personal protection, but this open carry nonsense is just that. If one is not some iteration of LE - or roaming about in the woods, then very probably one does not need to carry in the open - that is unless of course one wants to alarm people for fun, is at a nudist colony, or is trying to compensate for (a lack of) something.

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Packman says... December 29, 2017 at 11:26 a.m.

Totally agree with Kharma.

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se0253 says... December 29, 2017 at 12:06 p.m.

I believe Kharma has made exactly the correct statement. I don't think a better presentation could be made for this issue.

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23cal says... December 29, 2017 at 1:15 p.m.

One of the rare days when Kharma and I find ourselves on the same page. Good comment, Kharma.

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dunk7474 says... December 29, 2017 at 1:27 p.m.

Hope several people pull a gun on Gov. Combover. Maybe he could renew the license of the hog farm and okay one in Little Rock, next to the mansion he has spent millions on. What is one thing he has done to really help our state?

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RecumbentDNA says... December 29, 2017 at 2:05 p.m.

I agree with Kharma and will add that if I go into a place of business and see openly carried firearm(s) that are not carried by LE, I will leave. If one shows up while I am there I will leave as soon as possible. I am a law abiding citizen voting with my $$$ as to what business(s) I choose to support.
Open carry is not needed for protection only personal bravado, intimidation, or 'compensation'. They would be first to be disarmed or shot.

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ARMNAR says... December 29, 2017 at 4:44 p.m.

I'm in Kharma's camp as well.

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