Attorney general disputes theory that legislature passed open carry gun law by inference | Arkansas Blog

Monday, July 8, 2013

Attorney general disputes theory that legislature passed open carry gun law by inference

Posted By on Mon, Jul 8, 2013 at 5:30 PM

NOT IN ARKANSAS: The attorney general says the legislature did NOT allow open carry such as this, despite some gun fanciers belief to the contrary.
  • NOT IN ARKANSAS: The attorney general says the legislature did NOT allow open carry such as this, despite some gun fanciers' belief to the contrary.
The gun zealots will be disappointed. And one of them will now have to force an arrest to test a now-disputed theory in court.

No, Attorney General Dustin McDaniel said today in an official opinion, the 2013 legislature did NOT legalize open carry of guns when it endeavored to clean up the definition of what constitutes a "journey" under existing gun law. (The law has always allowed gun owners to carry a weapon on a journey.) The theory had it that the cleanup inadvertently — or maybe by devious intent of sponsor Denny Altes — actually went much further.

Sen. Eddie Joe Williams requested the opinion. The summary:

Do provisions of Act 746 of 2013, which made technical corrections concerning possession of firearms, allow persons to carry a handgun, in plain view or concealed, if they leave their resident county and do not visit locations that prohibit carrying a firearm?

RESPONSE: No. A person does not fall within Act 746’s "journey" exception to the statutes relating to the possession and carrying of a handgun simply because the person has left the county in which he or she lives. Stated differently, I do not interpret Act 746 as authorizing so-called "open carry." To the contrary, the journey exception applies only to travel beyond the county in which a person lives — a narrow range of activity inconsistent with the concept of "open carry."

Here's the full opinion. The gun discussion pages should be lit up tonight.

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