On Thursday, February 10, the House Judiciary Committee voted to kill House Bill 1051, the Open Carry Bill introduced by state Representative Denny Altes (R-63). NRA testified in support of the legislation, and answered numerous questions regarding the reasons this bill was necessary, as well as clarifying what it would and would not do. It was pointed out that Arkansas is one of only seven states that prohibit all forms of openly carrying a handgun for personal protection. In other words, 43 states trust their law-abiding residents more than Arkansas trusts its own. It was also pointed out that in the 43 states that allow some form of Open Carry, law-abiding citizens who choose to carry openly have not been a problem.

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