Let there be guns everywhere | Arkansas Blog

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Let there be guns everywhere

Posted By on Sat, Jan 8, 2011 at 6:58 AM

gunsmoke.JPG

Steve Jones of Arkansas Carry, one of the noisiest pro-gun groups, informs me that for now the group isn't going to push legislation to open public college classrooms to pistol-packers. Earlier, Jones had raised questions about college policies prohibiting student concealed weapon possession, but he apparently wasn't fully informed on the issue. Many colleges have availed themselves of state law that allows property owners to ban concealed weapons on their property, students or otherwise.

Instead, Jones said, the legislative gun push will be for Denny Altes' legislation to allow "open carry." With passage, Wild West-style holstered heaters could then be found on the hips of anyone so inclined. Felons and the mentally incompetent would be excluded, Jones assures me. Property owners would be able to bar weapons from their premises, as they may now do for concealed weapons. But, in other states with open carry, the gun crowd has waged successful pressure campaigns against retailers, such as Starbucks, to intimidate them into allowing free entry to those afraid to venture into the world without a firearm.

Jones said his group will continue to pressure higher ed officials to allow students to stow guns in their parked cars. A student group still promises to push for more guns on campus and Jones said his group would still support such legislation if "we feel it is good for Arkansas."

The bottom line with the gun crowd is that more guns are always good. I don't happen to feel that way. But I do say this: If legislators think open carry is such a good idea, they should not be hypocrites. They should allow weapons in the House and Senate chambers. If this is good for Starbucks, it is good for the Capitol.

UPDATE: A Dallas Morning News story reports that reporters took gun safety classes so they could qualify for the express lane provided for Texas State Capitol entrance to holders of concealed weapon permits. Seems like cheating to me unless they are actually packing. Perhaps a minimum caliber should be required also.

Tags: , ,

From the ArkTimes store

Favorite

Comments (22)

Showing 1-22 of 22

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-22 of 22

Add a comment

More by Max Brantley

Readers also liked…

  • Judge Griffen: Why black lives matter

    Another few words from Judge Wendell Griffen growing from the controversy over the sale of Black Lives Matter T-shirts at the state black history museum — removed by the administration and restored after protests from Griffen and others stirred by a story in the Arkansas Times:
    • Mar 13, 2016
  • Civil War over in Fort Smith; lawyer strikes his Rebel mascot battle tent

    KSFM reports that Joey McCutchen, the lawyer who's been trying to restart the Civil War in Fort Smith over the School Board's decision to drop the Rebel mascot and related trappingsfor Southside High School, is dropping his School Board takeover campaign.
    • May 27, 2016
  • El Dorado challenges state Board transfer decision; raises broad question about 'choice' vs. segregation

    The El Dorado School District HAS gone to federal court in response to the state Board of Education's approval, over El Dorado's objection, of the transfer of a white student from El Dorado to the majority white Parkers Chapel School District.
    • Aug 18, 2016

Most Shared

  • ASU to reap $3.69 million from estate of Jim and Wanda Lee Vaughn

    Arkansas State University announced today plans for spending an expected $3.69 million gift in the final distribution of the estate of Jim and Wanda Lee Vaughn, who died in 2013 and 2015 respectively.
  • Bad health care bill, again

    Wait! Postpone tax reform and everything else for a while longer because the Senate is going to try to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act one more time before September ends and while it can do it with the votes of only 50 senators.
  • Sex on campus

    Look, the Great Campus Rape Crisis was mainly hype all along. What Vice President Joe Biden described as an epidemic of sexual violence sweeping American college campuses in 2011 was vastly overstated.

Most Recent Comments

Blogroll

 

© 2017 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation