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Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Wednesday, January 25, 2017 - 10:21:00

House Bill would require training, permit for open carry of handguns

A bill filed Tuesday by Helena Democratic Rep. Chris Richey would expand the current rules and licensing requirements covering concealed handgun carry to "open carry" of handguns carried in plain sight. If passed, the bill would require those wishing to "open carry" a handgun to obtain the same permit currently required for concealed carry.

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Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Tuesday, January 24, 2017 - 10:28:00

Collins files campus carry bill

As expected, Rep. Charlie Collins yesterday filed a bill to force public universities and colleges to allow staff members to carry concealed handguns.

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Thursday, June 16, 2016

Thursday, June 16, 2016 - 16:01:00

Please don't respond to Orlando by buying more guns

A gay Little Rock resident explains why she's decided to carry a concealed handgun in the wake of the Orlando shooting. But will it make her safer?

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Thursday, June 2, 2016

Thursday, June 2, 2016 - 09:26:00

Gun Violence Day: Wear orange. The Little Rock river bridge will.

A national group targeting gun violence is observing National Gun Violence Day today and events are scheduled in Arkansas, including the lighting of the Arkansas River bridge in downtown Little Rock.

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Saturday, February 27, 2016

Saturday, February 27, 2016 - 14:15:00

Another NRA endorsement for Arkansas Supreme Court: Shawn Womack

If you were worried the NRA wouldn't provide us guidance about how to vote in the other Supreme Court race, worry no more.

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Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Tuesday, February 9, 2016 - 21:34:00

Courtney gets her gun: Goodson claims NRA endorsement for chief justice

Courtney Goodson has announced the endorsement of the NRA in her race for Siupreme Court chief justice. The endorsement by a special interest group with intense interest in ongoing court cases raises many questions, even as it adds a proven vote-getter to Goodson's side of the ledger.

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Sunday, January 17, 2016

Sunday, January 17, 2016 - 08:11:00

Looking down the barrel of a gun in Popeye's

An encounter with the barrel of a gun in a fast-food restaurant prompts a question for public discussion.

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Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Wednesday, January 6, 2016 - 10:16:00

'Welcome to Walmart. Do you have a license for that pistol?' And more gun news

Walmart managers in Texas have a new duty — checking people carrying weapons for licenses to carry them openly under a new state law. And speaking of open carry: A philosophy professor has a suggestion for those uncomfortable with open display of weapons in restaurants and other public places: Leave. Also: objections raised to new open carry ordinance in Baxter County.

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Sunday, October 4, 2015

Sunday, October 4, 2015 - 08:41:00

NY Times: How mass shooters got their arsenals

The New York Times examines how arsenals were assembled by recent perpetrators of mass shootings, an article that includes a call for stricter gun laws from Ian Mercer, the father of Chris Harper-Mercer, who killed himself after killing nine people on an Oregon community college campus.

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Monday, September 21, 2015

Monday, September 21, 2015 - 15:18:00

Bald Knob police chief resigns; cites family safety

KTHV reports that Bald Knob Police Chief Erek Balentine, whose pickup was torched not long ago, is resigning out of concern for the safety of his family.

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Monday, September 7, 2015

Monday, September 7, 2015 - 08:12:00

Open carry: Prosecutor Jegley gets it right

Pulaski Prosecutor Larry Jegley gets it right on open carry of weapons. If it is to be the law of Arkansas, the legislature should make it clear.

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Saturday, August 22, 2015

Saturday, August 22, 2015 - 11:36:00

Bald Knob man arrested for open carry

Here comes the test case. A Bald Knob man was arrested earlier this week after he openly carried a handgun in McDonald's and other Bald Knob stores. Like Attorney General Leslie Rutledge and Lt. Gov. Tim Griffin, Richard Chambless told KATV that he believes a 2013 law intended to clean up statutory provisions on allowing people to carry a weapon "on a journey" allows him to openly carry firearms.

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Sunday, June 21, 2015

Sunday, June 21, 2015 - 08:21:00

President Obama continues to push message on gun control

The president takes to social media to make gun control argument in the wake of the Charleston church massacre. Obama also gave props to Mitt Romney for calling on South Carolina to take down the Confederate flag, but the GOP presidential contenders are dodging the question.

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Thursday, June 11, 2015

Thursday, June 11, 2015 - 06:54:00

Rep. Nate Bell and others ask for AG opinion on open carry question

KUAR's reports that three legislators yesterday requested a formal opinion from Attorney General Leslie Rutledge on the question of whether "open carry" of guns is now legal in Arkansas.

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Saturday, June 6, 2015

Saturday, June 6, 2015 - 16:35:00

An open line: Plus more legal action on the NLR photo archive and Gov. Hutchinson joins open carry posse

Here's your Belmont open line. Also: Newspapers including the Salt Lake City Tribune filed suit in Pulaski County Friday to get back archival photos sold to North Little Rock businessman John Rogers.

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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 08:49:00

Rep. Bob Ballinger: let felons have a muzzleloader

Sometimes my favorite part of bills at this point in the session is just the names. Rep. Bob Ballinger's "An Act to Permit a Person Convicted of a Felony to Possess a Muzzleloader" is set for the House Judiciary Committee tomorrow.

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Friday, March 13, 2015

Friday, March 13, 2015 - 04:14:00

Strange bedfellows: Lobbyist edition

Lobbyist Laurie Lee works the right-wing on school choice bills while also drawing a paycheck from a gun control lobby.

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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 11:38:00

Gun lobby rolls House Education Commmittee for guns on college campuses

Rep. Charlie Collins accepted a tepid amendment to his bill to require colleges to allow staff members to carry concealed weapons on campus and it promptly was endorsed by the committee.

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Thursday, February 5, 2015

Thursday, February 5, 2015 - 10:06:00

UPDATE: 'Campus carry' bill narrowly fails in committee

Arkansas colleges and universities are opposing HB 1077, which would undo a compromise 2013 law which allowed institutions to create their own gun policies limiting so-called "campus carry." Every two- and four-year school in the state adopted such a policy. Now, Rep. Charlie Collins wants to make it mandatory for state schools to allow concealed carry license holders to tote their guns on campus (private colleges could still opt out).

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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Wednesday, January 21, 2015 - 09:19:00

Why the legislature was wrong to seal concealed carry permits

I said it at the time, but the case of Jermain Taylor illustrates graphically why the Arkansas legislature was wrong to make the list of concealed carry handgun permits secret. Accountability.

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