Open carry bill killed in committee | Arkansas Blog

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Open carry bill killed in committee

Posted By on Thu, Feb 10, 2011 at 10:40 AM

Rep. Denny Altes brought his open carry handgun bill before the House Judiciary Committee today and after some rigorous questioning saw it shot down in a hail of hostile fire.

After almost an hour of discussion, the committee approved a rare "Do Not Pass" motion on the bill.

Rep. John Walker asked for any evidence of the value of authorizing open carry. Altes and the gun lobbyist who accompanied him had none. Others asked how the 2nd Amendment was infringed by limiting carry to people with concealed carry permits. Cost of the permit, was Altes non-constitutional justification. They were asked about allowing open carry by people without firearms training. Good question: If open carry is allowed, might not many more public places post prohibitions of weapons and thus chill the drive to have ever more people packing guns? Another good point: While 43 states were said to have open carry, many states allow local jurisdictions to override the provision. Arkansas, however, thanks to the NRA, has outlawed more restrictive local ordinances. Naturally, the gun lobbyist opposed a "patchwork" of differing laws.

Even the gun lobbyist was forced to admit that the gun-friendly 5-4 U.S. Supreme Court ruling on local gun laws did not overrule all regulation of firearms.

State Police, Arkansas sheriffs and Arkansas chiefs opposed the bill. A State Police spokesman said the gun lobbyist's claim of 43 states with open carry was incorrect — only 11 have unlimited open carry. The State Police said officers don't have time or means to check when they encounter a gun-carrying person in a traffic stop or elsewhere whether they are responsible weapons owners.

It was a pure smack-down and Republican legislators were among those raising questions about the bill. If I heard the streaming broadcast correctly, Rep. Kim Hammer of Benton offered the "do not pass" motion.

Altes had indicated earlier that his bill was in trouble. Gov. Mike Beebe opposed it. I wonder if even some of the gun-toters thought this was not the best time — weeks after a highly publicized slaughter in an open-carry state — to broaden gun laws?

ALSO ON THE GUN NUT BEAT TODAY: U.S. Rep. Mike Ross tells D.C. residents and home rule to go to hell, he introduces legislation to force permissive gun laws down the throats of D.C. residents.

Tags: , ,

From the ArkTimes store


Comments (33)

Showing 1-33 of 33

Add a comment

Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-33 of 33

Add a comment

More by Max Brantley

Readers also liked…

  • 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
  • Antwan Phillips wants to make a difference in reducing Little Rock violence

    KARK/Fox 16's push to do something about Little Rock violence includes a spotlight on people trying to make a difference — in this episode Antwan Phillips, a lawyer at Wright, Lindsey and Jennings.
    • Aug 30, 2017
  • The long and winding road: No exception yet for 30 Crossing

    The Arkansas highway department's representative on the Metroplan board of directors told the board today that the department is requesting an exception to the planning agency's cap on six lanes for its 30 Crossing project to widen Interstate 30 from six to 10 (and more) lanes.
    • Jun 29, 2016

Most Shared

Most Recent Comments


© 2018 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation