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
Unfortunately, public opposition from Governor Mike Beebe (D) and opposing testimony during the hearing from various
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.