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Arkansas: Campus Carry Bill Defeated in Committee

Friday, February 6, 2015

Arkansas: Campus Carry Bill Defeated in Committee

Yesterday, House Bill 1077, an NRA-supported bill that seeks to allow staff members of public colleges and universities with valid Right to Carry permits to carry a firearm for personal protection while on school property, failed to pass out of the House Committee on Education.  The vote was 10-10, with all Republican members of the committee voting for the bill, and all Democrats voting against it.  The most disappointing vote against HB 1077 came from state Representative James Ratliff (D-60), who had previously stated support for allowing ALL Right to Carry permit holders to carry firearms while on university and college campuses.

Our thanks go out to NRA members and Second Amendment supporters who took the time to express their support for HB 1077 to committee members.  Your input helped to ensure the vote was as close as it was.

Our thanks also go out to state Representative Charlie Collins (R-84), the bill’s sponsor, who worked tirelessly to promote this legislation.  NRA will work with Representative Collins and other pro-gun legislators to determine what options may be available to continue promoting Right to Carry on public university and college campuses.

Please take a moment to thank the following members of the House Committee on Education for their support of HB 1077:

Representative Bruce Cozart (R-24), Chairman
Phone: 501-627-3232
Email: bruce.cozart@arkansashouse.org

Representative Nate Bell (R-20)
Phone: 479-234-2092
Email: nate.bell@arkansashouse.org

Representative Gary Deffenbaugh (R-79)
Phone: 479-719-8197
Email: Gary.Deffenbaugh@arkansashouse.org

Representative Charlotte V. Douglas (R-75)
Phone: 479-276-7777
Email: charlotte.douglas@arkansashouse.org

Representative Jon S. Eubanks (R-74)
Phone: 479-438-0533
Email: Jon.Eubanks@arkansashouse.org

Representative Jeremy Gillam (R-45)
Phone: 501-729-0042
Email: jeremy@growing45.com

Representative Bill Gossage (R-82)
Phone: 479-667-2122
Email: bill@billgossage.com

Representative Justin T. Harris (R-81)
Phone: 479-871-8542
Email: Justin.Harris@arkansashouse.org

Representative Grant Hodges (R-96)
Phone: 479-381-9513
Email: grant.hodges@arkansashouse.org

Representative Mark Lowery (R-39)
Phone: 501-837-5221
Email: markdlowery@mac.com

Please also let the following members know that you are extremely disappointed with their votes against the rights of law-abiding gun owners:

Representative Sheilla E. Lampkin (D-9), Vice Chairman
Phone: 870-723-6449
Email: Sheilla.Lampkin@arkansashouse.org

Representative Charles L. Armstrong (D-30)
Phone: 501-224-5071
Email: ffa191@sbcglobal.net

Representative Scott Baltz (D-61)
Phone: 870-378-1380
Email: scottbaltz@yahoo.com

Representative Michael John Gray (D-47)
Phone: 870-347-6000
Email: michael.gray@arkansashouse.org

Representative Greg Leding (D-86)
Phone: 479-966-9201
Email: greg.leding@arkansashouse.org

Representative Mark D. McElroy (D-11)
Phone: 870-644-3822
Email: mdmcelroy1@yahoo.com

Representative Reginald Murdock (D-48)
Phone: 870-295-3208
Email: rkm_72360@yahoo.com

Representative James Ratliff (D-60)
Phone: 501-454-5200
Email: jamesratliff3468@gmail.com

Representative Warwick Sabin (D-33)
Phone: 501-372-4550
Email: wsabin@wsabin.org 

Representative John W. Walker (D-34)
Phone: 501-614-9772
Email: johnwalkeratty@aol.com

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