Friday, December 11, 2009

The year of the gun

Posted By on Fri, Dec 11, 2009 at 3:01 PM

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A survey story looks at the nationwide push this year by the NRA to lift gun restrictions in cities and states. Pistols in pews haven't made it to Arkansas yet, for example, but the fight isn't over.

The subject happened to be on my mind today because I passed through the Tower Building this morning and noted a prominent sign in the lobby that said weapons were not allowed in the attorney general's office, a tenant in the private office building.

I've asked for, but haven't received yet, an explanation from Attorney General Dustin McDaniel. To paraphrase him in his support of lawsuits to invalidate decades-old local laws pertaining to handguns in Chicago and Washington, "What part of  the Second Amendment's 'shall not be infringed' doesn't he understand?"

McDaniel says he's an avid supporter of the state's concealed carry law. He carries a concealed weapon himself at times, though without a permit. He's says he's still covered by a law enforcement exemption as a former Jonesboro cop. Surely he can understand that no one will feel safe in the attorney general's office as long as every lawful citizen isn't allowed to bear arms there. General McDaniel, tear down that sign.


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