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    Feb 8 vote on open carry and local restrictions

    NRA-ILA NEWSLETTER

    Arkansas: Two Pro-Gun Bills Expected to be Heard on
    Tuesday, February 8 in Little Rock!

    House Bill 1051, the open carry bill introduced by state Representative Denny Altes (R-63), was not heard this week in the House Judiciary Committee. The bill is now expected to be heard next week, and is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 8. This committee meeting will begin at 10:00 a.m., in Room 149 of the State Capitol in Little Rock.



    The NRA supports this legislation, which would remove the current restriction on openly carrying a handgun for personal protection, and we thank Rep. Altes for working to make a good bill even better with recent amendments.



    Please contact members of the House Judiciary Committee and respectfully urge them to support HB 1051. For a listing of members of the House Judiciary Committee, please click here. For contact information, simply click on the name of the member you wish to contact.



    In addition, Senate Bill 115, introduced by state Senator Bill Sample (R-19), is scheduled to be heard in the Senate Committee on City, County and Local Affairs, also on Tuesday, Feb. 8. This legislation would prohibit a unit of local government from imposing restrictions on the transfer, transportation, or carrying of firearms during a declared state of emergency. The hearing is scheduled to begin at 10:00 a.m. in Room 272 of the State Capitol.



    Please contact members of the Senate City, County and Local Affairs Committee and respectfully urge them to support SB 115. Contact information can be found below.

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    Arkansas: House Judiciary Committee Doesn’t Trust Gun Owners!

    Friday, February 11, 2011

    On Thursday, February 10, the House Judiciary Committee voted to kill House Bill 1051, the Open Carry Bill introduced by state Representative Denny Altes (R-63). NRA testified in support of the legislation, and answered numerous questions regarding the reasons this bill was necessary, as well as clarifying what it would and would not do. It was pointed out that Arkansas is one of only seven states that prohibit all forms of openly carrying a handgun for personal protection. In other words, 43 states trust their law-abiding residents more than Arkansas trusts its own. It was also pointed out that in the 43 states that allow some form of Open Carry, law-abiding citizens who choose to carry openly have not been a problem.


    Unfortunately, public opposition from Governor Mike Beebe (D) and opposing testimony during the hearing from various Arkansas law enforcement organizations led to the House Judiciary Committee defeating this legislation. While some Committee members promised to call for a recorded vote to ensure a public record, they still proceeded with a simple voice vote. State Representative Kim Hammer (R-28) made the motion to kill the bill, but it is difficult to determine how other legislators voted. Please take a moment to contact members of the House Judiciary Committee to express your disappointment that this pro-Second Amendment bill was defeated.


    Please also ask Committee Members how they voted on HB 1051, and request that they give you a response in writing. If you receive a response, please forward it to NRA-ILA. You can contact the NRA-ILA Grassroots Division at 1-800-392-8683 for information on how to forward what you receive. For a listing of members of the House Judiciary Committee, please click here.


    On a more positive note, Senate Bill 115—which would prohibit a unit of local government from imposing restrictions on the transfer, transportation, or carrying of firearms during a declared state of emergency—passed out of the Senate Committee on City, County, and Local Affairs on Tuesday, February 8. This legislation, introduced by state Senator Bill Sample (R-19), is now set for Third Reading on the Senate floor on Monday, February 14.


    Please contact your state Senator and respectfully urge him or her to support SB 115. Contact information can be found by clicking here.

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