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Athletics outplays NRA; Arkansas House OKs guns-law pullback

Lawmakers caught in the middle, favor no firearms at sports venues

By John Moritz

This article was published March 31, 2017 at 4:30 a.m.

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Rep. Charlie Collins (center) shares congratulations Thursday with Rep. Michelle Gray and Rep. Clarke Tucker after the House approved his concealed-carry amendment.

Spectators get a view from the gallery of the House chamber Thursday as Rep. Charlie Collins presents his modified gun bill.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson (center) and members of his staff watch the House action Thursday on a television in the VIP gallery above the chamber floor.

For one bill moving through the Arkansas Legislature, the National Rifle Association met a competitor that it could not best -- college athletics.

Spectators get a view from the gallery of the House chamber Thursday as Rep. Charlie Collins presents his modified gun bill.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson (center) and members of his staff watch the House action Thursday on a television in the VIP gallery above the chamber floor.

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GCW says... March 31, 2017 at 6:27 a.m.

How many murders and other gun crimes are committed by licensed concealed carriers each year?

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Ragmop says... March 31, 2017 at 7:36 a.m.

What could possibly go wrong with a few hundred gun-toting, half plastered mad football fans screaming at the Ref at a football game.

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gordon76_hotmail.com says... March 31, 2017 at 8:03 a.m.

The only reason why this was done is because you will have drunk fans at football games. Some state school have fans that party every game, get plastered, and fight all the time. The media just does not show it.

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BoudinMan says... March 31, 2017 at 8:05 a.m.

Rag, if you think people get plastered at football games. then how plastered do you think they get at bars? This bill is insane.

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RaylanGivens says... March 31, 2017 at 8:44 a.m.

BoudinMan-are there bars with 80,000 people crammed in them? Here is what would happen if this bill allowed guns in stadiums/arenas/etc; being state universities with deep pockets once someone was shot by a gun brought in legally the first lawsuit would be against the school funded by the state that passed the bill to allow carry inside the venue. If it's illegal they might try to sue the school but they would have a much tougher time; they would have to go after the gunowner.

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DontGoThere says... March 31, 2017 at 9:24 a.m.

My concern would be more getting to/from your vehicle to the stadium, which is usually in pretty bad neighborhoods. Maybe the stadiums should incorporate a gun check-in, so the fans can protect themselves while getting to the stadium. Verizon Arena is a prime example.

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mrcharles says... March 31, 2017 at 9:24 a.m.

Sad that the powers involved here have so much power that legislators are "worried" about the powers to be other than what is the right decision. This goes to the present climate regardless of which spectrum of a certain side you are on.

The natural "People" are and have being replaced by non carbon based people entities , not created as we were intended to be [ I believe Boltars conservative friends will agree to the wisdom of that] but since we have became G-ds of a sort , we created a legal fiction that has become our OVERLORDS.

Caute!

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syzito says... March 31, 2017 at 9:48 a.m.

This bill has nothing to do with the publics safety,that is a smoke screen for the ignorant.It's about money.....period.

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nrb says... March 31, 2017 at 11:07 a.m.

I wish we, the people, could find out how much money the people we call our representatives have or will be receiving from the NRA. They have made it obvious that they are representing the NRA. How much money have they received?

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LRDawg says... March 31, 2017 at 11:56 a.m.

Stay at home and watch games on tv. Can have your gun in your lap as you watch from your couch....the general public happens not to be as scary as you gun toters are. Most of us arent afraid of hand to hand combat, especially with women and children around! Arkansas politicians finally made a good decision

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