Barnett cuts through knife regulations, ends city and county sales tax | Arkansas Blog

Friday, March 8, 2013

Barnett cuts through knife regulations, ends city and county sales tax

Posted By on Fri, Mar 8, 2013 at 3:21 PM

Rep. Jonathan Barnett Arkansas knife image
  • BARNETT: I'll cut ya, gubmint!

Rep. Jonathan Barnett's (R-Siloam Springs) HB1668 is pretty simple. It would end all regulation of knives in Arkansas. Under the bill, no agency, board, city, commission, county, district, etc. could "enact an ordinance, rule, or tax relating to the transportation, possession, carrying, sale, transfer, purchase, gift, devise, licensing, registration, or use of a knife or components used to make a knife."

Knife is so broadly defined — "a cutting instrument that includes a sharpened or pointed blade" — that I assume it encompasses the likes of samurai swords and throwing stars.

I've got a call into Rep. Barnett, but the way I read the bill, it would stop public schools, for instance, from prohibiting knives (or samurai swords and throwing stars) on their campuses.

The bill passed out of the House Committee On City, County And Local Affairs. On a voice vote, I'm told.

But that was before the members received the Department of Finance and Administration's fiscal impact statement, which points out that since the bill calls for the end of anything "relating" to knives and city and county sales tax applies to knives, city and county sales tax collection would be repealed.

I'm told that Barnett won't push the bill forward in its current state, but it's one to keep an eye on.

Tags: , , , , ,

From the ArkTimes store


Comments (35)

Showing 1-35 of 35

Add a comment

Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-35 of 35

Add a comment

More by Lindsey Millar

  • The Tom Cotton's Bright Idea Edition

    The downfall of Jeff Long, Tom Cotton’s terrible contribution to the Republican tax plan, a no-bid consulting contract in state government and #metoo in Arkansas — all covered on this week's podcast.
    • Nov 17, 2017
  • Arkansas Times seeks to measure sexual assault in Arkansas

    With the growing revelations of sexual assault of women by movie stars and media moguls, and the national #metoo movement that has allowed women to say they, too, have suffered abuse, the Arkansas Times is seeking to learn what sort of inappropriate behavior Arkansans — of both sexes — have been subjected to, through what we have named The Cassandra Project.
    • Nov 16, 2017
  • The Jeff Long's Cloudy Future Edition

    Jeff Long's future at the University of Arkansas, UAMS' grim outlook, the Highway Department vs. Metroplan, the state Supreme Court's decision to stay the execution of Jack Gordon Green and whether Democrat's big wins on Tuesday are a harbinger of things to come — all discussed on this week's podcast.
    • Nov 10, 2017
  • More »

Readers also liked…

  • LR speakers blast state board for double standard

    A series of speakers, beginning with Sen. Joyce Elliott, denounced what they saw as a hidden agenda favoring charter schools at the state Department of Education and asked the state Board of Education for return of local control.
    • May 12, 2016
  • Kenneth Starr: A comment from Betsey Wright

    Betsey Wright, former President Bill Clinton's chief of staff when he was Arkansas governor, responds bitterly to a New York Times article today quoting Whitewater Prosecutor Kenneth Starr's warm words about Clinton. She can't forget the lives Starr ruined in Arkansas.
    • May 24, 2016
  • 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

People who saved…

Most Shared

Most Recent Comments



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