The debate over open carry, a law allowing gun owners to display their weapons in public, hit Arkansas this week when a state rep introduced open carry legislation.
A handful of states already allow open carry, and if passed this session, Governor Mike Beebe would then of course have to sign off on the bill before it could become law. Right now, he is not a supporter.
"On the open carry on the guns, no, I don't want to do that. I don't want to walk around with a gun on a holster, gun in your holster for everyone to see," says Beebe.
Governor Beebe told reporters this week that he opposes an open carry law, which would allow people to walk around displaying guns, rather than being restricted to conceal carry permits.
"I don't see where conceal and carry has any value to it because where you need to carry a gun, you can't carry a gun, and open carry, you've had a right to open carry a gun for a long time, and I don't see where it's going to hurt anything at all," says gun owner and vendor Ray Bearden.
Bearden, a gun owner for fifty years, says he openly carries his guns all across the United States. He is no longer a conceal carry permit holder.
Patricia Sullivan thinks open carry is only a good idea with restrictions.
"If they put those provisions that you can prove that you can properly handle your gun, then yes I would be in favor of it. Without those provisions, no ma'am, I am not in favor of it," she says.
Both vendors also say having an open carry law, like Arizona already does, could help prevent shootings like the one in Tuscon where a gunman opened fire killing several people and critically injuring a congresswoman. Arizona's open carry law obviously did not stop the suspected gunman.
"That man slipped through the system, but you're going to have people that do that," says Bearden.
"If there had been one responsible citizen who had had a gun, who could have stopped the shooter. All if would have taken was one responsible citizen with a gun who was trained to use it," says Sullivan.
If the governor has his say, open carry won't be happening in Arkansas any time soon. He thinks it just would not be safe.
"I don't want guns in a sports stadium when people are drinking and rooting for their team and mad at a referee. I mean, I'm sorry, that's just the way I feel," he says.
The governor did not say whether he would veto open carry legislation if it reached his desk.
FOX16 asked about twenty gun owners about open carry, and none would go on camera. Most of them think open carry is a good idea.