Today, the Arkansas House Judiciary Committee passed House Bill 1249 with an NRA-supported amendment. HB 1249 now goes to full House of Representatives for a concurrence vote. Please contact your state Representative and urge them to concur on this important legislation!
HB 1249, as amended, would establish an enhanced carry permit that will greatly expand where permit holders may lawfully carry firearms for personal protection.
First and foremost, the enhanced permit will allow for carrying on public college and university campuses, without the unnecessary prohibited areas that had caused concern with the original version of HB 1249. The enhanced permit will also allow for the lawful carrying of a concealed firearm in many places that are currently prohibited under the existing permit system, including the State Capitol, and in areas of restaurants where alcohol is served, to name a few. As amended, HB 1249 does not contain the unacceptable age restriction of being only applicable to those who are at least 25 years old. If you can qualify for the current permit, you can qualify for the enhanced permit. While additional training of up to eight hours is a component of the enhanced permit, current licensees may waive up to four hours of that training, due to the training they have already received.
Again, please click the “Take Action” button above to contact your state Representative and urge them to concur on HB 1249! Stay tuned to your email inbox and www.nraila.org for further updates on this bill.