House approves guns in church | Arkansas Blog

Friday, March 25, 2011

House approves guns in church

Posted By on Fri, Mar 25, 2011 at 11:14 AM

The House approved legislation today to allow concealed handguns in church. The vote was 65-23. In defending the bill, leading House gun lover Randy Stewart mischaracterized the scope of the bill. He said it merely allows churches to approve a limited number of people to have a concealed weapon in church for defense. It does do that. The bill, however, also allows a church to welcome ALL concealed weapon permit holders if it chooses.

"You never need a gun until you really need a gun," Stewart says.

Rep. Efrem Elliott of Altheimer said it was a "terrible bill," even if an unstable person came into a church with a gun because response would be dangerous.

"What are we going to do, start having shootouts in churches?"

Missing: A recitation of the need, in millions of Sundays of church in Arkansas, for someone lurking in church with a hidden weapon.

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