Arkansas: Church Protection Act Signed Into Law

Posted on February 12, 2013

Print
Email
Share

Yesterday, Governor Mike Beebe (D) signed the Church Protection Act, Senate Bill 71, into law.  This important self-defense reform takes effect immediately.

SB 71, introduced by state Senator Bryan King (R-5), removes the absolute prohibition on concealed handgun carry license (CHCL) holders from carrying a concealed firearm for personal protection into any church or other place of worship.  Churches and other places of worship can now decide if CHCL holders will be allowed to carry concealed firearms on their property.

Our thanks to all who supported this important Right-to-Carry reform measure in Arkansas, especially Senator King, who began promoting this effort in 2011 while serving as a state Representative.

Please contact Governor Beebe and thank him for signing the Church Protection Act into law.  Governor Beebe can be reached at (501) 682-2345 or online here.

Print
Email
Share

Further Reading

  • Arkansas: Church Protection Act Passes House by an Overwhelming Majority

    Today, the Arkansas House of Representatives passed Senate Bill 71, the Church Protection Act, by an overwhelming bipartisan 85-8 vote. It now returns to the state Senate for a procedural vote, then will be sent to Governor Mike Beebe (D) for his expected signature. Governor Beebe has publicly stated he has no objection to the legislation. 
    FULL STORY

  • Arkansas: State Senate Passes Church Carry, Bill Advances to House

    An NRA representative testified in support of this legislation last week in the Senate Judiciary Committee. The NRA also testified in opposition to an amendment that sought to weaken this bill by requiring places of worship to acquire liability insurance if they allow permittees to carry concealed firearms on their property. The amendment was defeated in committee. 
    FULL STORY