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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 08:49:00

Rep. Bob Ballinger: let felons have a muzzleloader

Sometimes my favorite part of bills at this point in the session is just the names. Rep. Bob Ballinger's "An Act to Permit a Person Convicted of a Felony to Possess a Muzzleloader" is set for the House Judiciary Committee tomorrow.

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Friday, March 13, 2015

Friday, March 13, 2015 - 04:14:00

Strange bedfellows: Lobbyist edition

Lobbyist Laurie Lee works the right-wing on school choice bills while also drawing a paycheck from a gun control lobby.

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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 11:38:00

Gun lobby rolls House Education Commmittee for guns on college campuses

Rep. Charlie Collins accepted a tepid amendment to his bill to require colleges to allow staff members to carry concealed weapons on campus and it promptly was endorsed by the committee.

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Thursday, February 5, 2015

Thursday, February 5, 2015 - 10:06:00

UPDATE: 'Campus carry' bill narrowly fails in committee

Arkansas colleges and universities are opposing HB 1077, which would undo a compromise 2013 law which allowed institutions to create their own gun policies limiting so-called "campus carry." Every two- and four-year school in the state adopted such a policy. Now, Rep. Charlie Collins wants to make it mandatory for state schools to allow concealed carry license holders to tote their guns on campus (private colleges could still opt out).

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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Wednesday, January 21, 2015 - 09:19:00

Why the legislature was wrong to seal concealed carry permits

I said it at the time, but the case of Jermain Taylor illustrates graphically why the Arkansas legislature was wrong to make the list of concealed carry handgun permits secret. Accountability.

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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Tuesday, January 13, 2015 - 15:51:00

Father and son turned away from "Muslim-free" Hot Springs gun range for being brown

A college student and his dad who visited a gun range over the weekend for some bonding time over target practice were told to leave after the owner grew suspicious that the pair were...Muslims! Nope, not Muslims β€” they just happened to not be white. Either way, though, it's rank discrimination.

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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Tuesday, October 7, 2014 - 12:33:00

Group asks DOJ to investigate Hot Springs shooting range's ban on Muslim customers

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), which advocates for the civil rights of Muslims, has asked US Attorney General Eric Holder to investigate The Gun Cave, the Hot Springs firing range that announced itself as a "Muslim-free zone" on social media last week.

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Monday, September 29, 2014

Monday, September 29, 2014 - 17:34:00

Hot Springs firing range declared a "Muslim free zone" by its owner

The owner of The Gun Cave Indoor Shooting Range in Hot Springs, Jan Morgan, announced yesterday that she is banning the presence of Muslims in her business. Her reasoning: "Why would I hand guns and ammunition to people whose religion commands them to kill me and my non-muslim patrons?" OK, let's get that lawsuit rolling.

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Friday, September 26, 2014

Friday, September 26, 2014 - 14:53:00

Hung jury in May 2013 road rage shooting in LR

A Pulaski County jury told Judge Leon Johnson today that they couldn't find consensus on the charges against a driver who police say shot another motorist at I-30 and E. 6th Street during a traffic altercation in May 2013. The deadlock resulted in a mistrial.

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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Tuesday, May 27, 2014 - 11:25:00

Corporate American develops backbone; backs down open carry posses

Mother Jones reports that Sonic and Chili's outlets in Texas refused to knuckle under to intimidation tactics of open carry gun advocates. Growing backlash at the intimidation tactics appears to have backed the gun toters down.

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Tuesday, May 27, 2014 - 06:50:00

The real meaning of the 2nd Amendment

Joe Nocera in the New York Times, prompted by another killing spree, draws from a new book on the 2nd Amendment to explain how the NRA and politicians have bent the amendment all out of shape of what the founding fathers intended β€” a tool to guarantee a "well-regulated militia." It was not, he writes, intended to allow an individual right to trump the public good.

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Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Tuesday, May 13, 2014 - 07:06:00

Reminder: No guns on Little Rock city property

A reader sends this photo of a new sign at Little Rock City Hall announcing that concealed weapons are not allowed on premises, except when carried by law officers. This is only a restatement of long-standing law, I'm pretty sure. But the sign is new and I've noticed them elsewhere, such as at the fitness center in War Memorial Park.

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 12:38:00

Georgia gets a 'guns everywhere' law

Georgia gets a "guns everywhere" law and it naturally raises the question of whether Arkansas may someday follow suit. Several gun issues are bubbling in Arkansas already.

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 09:42:00

Gun giveaways in Republican primaries

The New York Times reports on a trend in Republican primaries: candidates offer up sweepstakes with a gun as the prize to attract interest β€”and collect personal data β€” from the GOP base. Local angle: See above an event last month for Curtis Coleman, running in the Republican primary for governor. "Look what we will give away at this Concert!! AR-15 & 100 Rounds of Ammunition." Somewhat awkwardly, this gun giveaway was at a middle school.

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 17:29:00

Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg investing $50 million in gun control campaign

Billionaire Michael Bloomberg, the former mayor of New York and co-founder of Mayors Against Illegal Guns, is launching a $50 million campaign to support candidates favoring gun control. Bloomberg is attempting to push back on the influence of the National Rifle Association in 15 targeted states, including some hostile territory (Texas, Montana, Arizona). Arkansas is not among the targets, as far as I can tell from the press release. Bloomberg, of course, has targeted Sen. Mark Pryor in the past for his opposition to gun-control measures. Of course, in gun-happy Arkansas, Pryor took Bloomberg's criticism as a badge of honor. And the alternative to Pryor is Rep. Tom Cotton, who is, shall we say, not on board with Bloomberg's gun safety agenda.

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Saturday, April 12, 2014

Saturday, April 12, 2014 - 09:30:00

Former SCOTUS Justice Stevens: five little words can fix the Second Amendment

Excellent piece in the Washington Post yesterday from former Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court John Paul Stevens on the Second Amendment, how its original intent has been twisted by the gun lobby, and the five word clarification that could clear up a bit of the original language that has allowed the NRA to get a philosophical toehold. It's a fascinating argument, even if you'll never see Stevens' fix implemented in your lifetime.

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Thursday, March 13, 2014

Thursday, March 13, 2014 - 07:07:00

UA law analysis: 'Open carry' law is ambiguous, also all or nothing

Did the Arkansas legislature really intend to allow open carry of guns in addressing a technical issue of what constitutes a 'journey' under the old law on carrying a firearm? No, says a new legal analysis.

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Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Tuesday, February 4, 2014 - 07:33:00

The gun report from Joe Nocera; Arkansas gunners won't like it

Interesting report from Joe Nocera of the New York Times on an unscientific project to use Google to track news of gun violence in America.

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Sunday, February 2, 2014

Sunday, February 2, 2014 - 08:21:00

The Super morning report

Gotta get the grocery store early, before cheese dip/snow watch hysteria takes hold ahead of this evening.

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Friday, January 10, 2014

Friday, January 10, 2014 - 08:31:00

Legislature discusses putting more guns in schools

Benji Hardy of the Legislative Digest was on hand for a legislative committee discussing of opening the door to armed staff members in Arkansas public schools.

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