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Monday, July 20, 2015

The Monday line is open. Plus: News headlines and temporary closure of National Guard recruiting offices

Posted By on Mon, Jul 20, 2015 at 2:39 PM

An early open line for a slow Monday, plus the daily headline video. Also:

* WEAPONS TRAINING: The Arkansas National Guard has temporarily closed recruiting centers for firearms training in line with Gov. Asa Hutchinson's order last week that some of the 600 state military personnel be armed. The adjutant general said the order doesn't change rules against general carry of firearms, but said more will be armed at Arkansas locations.

A statement from the Guard's public affairs office:

"The Arkansas National Guard is a professional military organization and we will conduct ourselves as such. We have high standards with regard to weapons handling. We cannot discuss the details of our force protection measures but know that our mission to serve the citizens of Arkansas and the United States will continue uninterrupted while we also ensure our workforce is protected. "

The governor's office later released its executive order on arming Guard personnel. He also ordered relocation of the nine recruiting facilities to armories. It was termed a temporary relocation "to make sure these recruiting centers are adequately protected from drive-by shooting scenarios — as have previously occurred in Arkansas and elsewhere." (It has happened once in Arkansas; six years ago.)

Questions: How much security is enough? Is there such a thing as too much for risk?

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