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Arkansas: Important Pro-Gun Bills Advance to Senate Floor

Friday, March 22, 2013

Yesterday, House Bill 1819, an important protection to the Emergency Powers statute, passed in the Senate Committee on State Agencies and Governmental Affairs with a “Do Pass” recommendation.  HB 1819, introduced by state Representative Charlotte Vining Douglas (R-75), would prohibit any Arkansas Governor from imposing restrictions on the transfer or transportation of lawfully possessed firearms during a declared State of Emergency.  HB 1819 could now be considered on the Senate floor at any time.

In addition, Senate Bill 858, which would establish that Arkansas recognize any valid Right-to-Carry permit issued by another state, passed in the Senate Judiciary Committee with a “Do Pass” recommendation.  Introduced by state Senator Jason Rapert (R-35), this important reform would replace the current conditional reciprocity standard.  SB 858 is expected to be considered on the Senate floor on Monday.

Please contact your Senator and urge him or her to support HB 1819 and SB 858 when they are brought up for consideration.

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