/ February 2, 2009

Arkansas Debates Merits of Allowing Guns in Church

Arkansas law allows registered gun owners to conceal and carry their weapons.  Like all other states which grant citizens the right to “conceal and carry,” Arkansas has a list of places where even license-holders may not carry concealed weapons.  “Any church or other place of worship” is currently listed in the statute as a place where Arkansasians are not allowed to carry concealed weapons.  However,  state Rep. Beverly Pyle introduced a bill Tuesday which would make it legal to carry a concealed weapon in Arkansas churches.

Arguments for allowing guns in church follow are akin to most theories opposing strict gun control.  Supportors of Pyle’s bill cite an incident in Colorado Springs where a gunman opened fire in a church and was stopped by an armed security gun. The bill will be debated in committee today.

Source: KATV Arkansas

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