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Bill Filed in Arkansas House Would Allow Open Carry of Firearms in Public

A bill was filed in the Arkansas House of Representatives Wednesday morning that would allow citizens to openly carry a firearm in public places.
A bill was filed in the Arkansas House of Representatives Wednesday morning that would allow citizens to openly carry a firearm in public places.

Sponsored by Representative Sue Scott, House Bill 1408 was filed just before 11:00 Wednesday morning.

The bill is for an act to be known as the "Permitted Open Carry Act," and reads as follows: "An act to be known as the permitted open carry act; to amend state law regarding the carrying and possession of firearms to ensure all Arkansans have the right to carry arms in public places, unless otherwise prohibited by law, for self defense; and for other purposes."

The bill would allow citizens to obtain a permit to "carry a handgun either openly or concealed in a public place that is not otherwise prohibited by law."

Under the current language of the bill, a concealed carry license would automatically be converted to a license to carry a handgun in public.

To read the bill, click here.
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