2019 Session: Bill package on gun law proposals filed

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark.- A freshman Democratic lawmaker from northwest Arkansas filed a bill package Wednesday to fulfill her campaign promise on gun control.

St. Rep. Denise Garner (D-Fayetteville) defeated Republican incumbent Charlie Collins last November.

Collins authored the 2017 Enhanced Carry Law, and his support of that legislation was a key issue in the 2018 race. 

One of Garner’s bills would reverse some parts of that law by allowing public colleges to opt out of the law and to prohibit guns on campus.

The two other pieces of legislation would require universal background checks and the use of holsters. 

“We’ve got lots of guns in backpacks that are being slung around,” says St. Rep. Garner, “We’ve got folks that are sticking guns in cars, not even in the glove box. They’re sticking them under the seats and having them roll around in cars. Those things need to be fixed.”

Garner notes she’s a gun owner herself, and although her constituents in Fayetteville may back the bills, it will likely be difficult to pass them through the Republican-controlled legislature. 

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