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Gun bills: Legislators reluctant on their own premises

Posted By on Sun, Feb 1, 2015 at 9:01 AM


The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (subscription) rounded up bills filed and expected — so far — to expand the presence of guns in society.

Rep. Charlie Collins again wants to force colleges and universities — against their unanimous opposition — to allow staff to carry concealed weapons on campus.

Sen. Linda Collins-Smith wants to allow county employees to be able to carry concealed weapons into county property and courthouses, such as the ones where her husband, Philip Smith, sits as a circuit judge.

Rep. Kim Hammer wants to lower the age for concealed-carry permits from 21 to 18, but only for active military members.

Rep. Jim Dotson wants to lower the cost of concealed-carry permits.

And, finally, my favorite part of the story.

Rep. Michelle Gray wants to allow concealed-carry permit holders to take weapons on state grounds — parks, schools and such — if they are kept in vehicles.

Originally, Gray said, she favored a bill that would allow permit-holders to carry weapons on all state grounds, including at the Capitol, but after discussing it with more than 40 fellow legislators, she decided to take an incremental approach.

What are lawmakers afraid of? Don't more guns make you safer? Time to join Texas. Open carry at the Capitol. And not just for lawmakers, but for anyone who enters. Wouldn't that expand safety exponentially? What part of "shall not be infringed" don't they understand?

NOTE: The image above is of a gun rights rally at the Utah Capitol that brought many armed with semi-automatic rifles. For now, that wouldn't be legal in Arkansas. 

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