“The laws that forbid the carrying of arms disarm only those who are neither inclined, nor determined to commit crimes. Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailant; they serve rather to encourage than prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed one.”
(Disclaimer: We try not to get political at NWAD, but this is a growing problem that will effect everyone and our future generations.)
Again we have an opportunity… An opportunity to face the facts that we are at war with radical islam or continue to deny and placate islam (and many liberals & democrats). Face the facts. If we continue to mettle in the middle east and at the same time bring in people who hold beliefs antithetical to ours, we will continue to see these attacks and should expect more.
Stand up for Our beliefs, don’t let others guilt or pressure you into denying facts, and prepare yourselves. We are here to help.
Governor Signs Concealed Carry Enhancment Bill in Arkansas
Release from NRA: Arkansas gun owners celebrated today as Gov. Asa Hutchinson signed House Bill 1249 into law. Providing more protection for gun owners, HB 1249 creates an enhanced carry permit system that allows licensees to carry firearms in most gun-free zones. Licensees would generally not be prohibited from carrying a concealed handgun into or on the following places:
Public college and university campuses
Public buildings other than courtrooms, K-12 schools, and correction facilities
Any meeting place of the governing body of any governmental entity
Any meeting of the General Assembly or a committee of the General Assembly
Any state office
Any athletic event not related to firearms
Any portion of an establishment, except a restaurant as defined in § 3-5-1202, licensed to dispense alcoholic beverages for consumption on the premises
Any portion of an establishment, except a restaurant as defined in § 3-5-1202, where beer or light wine is consumed on the premises
Inside the passenger terminal of any airport
Any church or other place of worship
Any place where a parade or demonstration requiring a permit is being held, and the licensee is a participant in the parade or demonstration
“Only criminals can find safety in gun-free zones,” said Chris W. Cox, executive director of NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action. “By allowing enhanced permit holders to carry in more places, Gov. Hutchinson has made Arkansas a safer place to live.”
HB 1249 was originally introduced as a limited campus carry bill. After weeks of hearings and negotiations, the legislation evolved to provide significant benefits for law-abiding citizens who choose to upgrade their concealed carry license. With the enhanced permits, licensees are better able to exercise their right to self-defense if attacked by violent criminals.
“On behalf of the NRA’s five million members, we thank Gov. Hutchinson, Rep. Collins, as well as leaders in the House and Senate for their efforts to expand the recognition of the constitutionally protected right to self-defense for law abiding Arkansans,” Cox concluded.
Arkansas: Enhanced Carry Permit Legislation Headed to House Floor for Concurrence!
Today, the Arkansas House Judiciary Committee passed House Bill 1249 with an NRA-supported amendment. HB 1249 now goes to full House of Representatives for a concurrence vote. Please contact your state Representative and urge them to concur on this important legislation!
HB 1249, as amended, would establish an enhanced carry permit that will greatly expand where permit holders may lawfully carry firearms for personal protection.
First and foremost, the enhanced permit will allow for carrying on public college and university campuses, without the unnecessary prohibited areas that had caused concern with the original version of HB 1249. The enhanced permit will also allow for the lawful carrying of a concealed firearm in many places that are currently prohibited under the existing permit system, including the State Capitol, and in areas of restaurants where alcohol is served, to name a few. As amended, HB 1249 does not contain the unacceptable age restriction of being only applicable to those who are at least 25 years old. If you can qualify for the current permit, you can qualify for the enhanced permit. While additional training of up to eight hours is a component of the enhanced permit, current licensees may waive up to four hours of that training, due to the training they have already received.
Again, please click the “Take Action” button above to contact your state Representative and urge them to concur on HB 1249! Stay tuned to your email inbox and www.nraila.org for further updates on this bill.
I have to admit I get that nervous feeling about “kids” or “teachers” with guns. I get it, I really do. If you allow them to carry weapons you are acknoledging the reality that something bad could happen and instantly schools are not a “safe place.” However, “safe places” do not exist, more appropriately labeled a social construct. I feel strongly that Liberty and Freedom are what is most important. They trump that nervous feeling you have. Logically we also cannot ignore the reality that those laws are only followed by the law abiding and law abiding adults should not have to face infringement of (any) of their rights, without due process.
Release from the NRA-ILA:
Yesterday, employee campus carry legislation, House Bill 1249, passed the House of Representatives with a 71-22 vote. HB 1249 will now go to the Senate for further consideration. Please click the “Take Action” button below to contact your state Senator in support of this crucial legislation, and urge them to work with NRA to make improvements, where possible.
HB 1249, introduced by state Representative Charlie Collins (R-84), is supported by NRA-ILA. This legislation seeks to achieve a safer environment for public college and university residents, students, employees and visitors by allowing employees of public colleges and universities to carry firearms on campus, provided they have a valid Concealed Handgun Carry License (CHCL). Self-defense is a fundamental right of every person. The basic function of the Second Amendment is to protect the ability of law-abiding people to fight back effectively against those who would wrongfully deprive us of life and liberty. That right does not end at any arbitrary boundary, including the arbitrary boundary of a public college or university campus.
Once again, please click the “Take Action” button above to contact your state Senator in support of HB 1249, and urge them to work with NRA to make improvements where possible! Please stay tuned to www.nraila.org and your email inbox for further updates on this legislation as it progresses through the Arkansas State Legislature.
Remington released the RP9, unfortunately it’s another failure for the manufacture. It is not just design flaws but obvious issue that anyone that gives it a once over inspection should have clearly identify. I take no pleasure in this, Remington has a long history and good reputation in the firearm industry, but at this point is 0 for 2 with pistols that last few years.
If you are still reading at this point, and incase you do not know, don’t by a Remington R51, it is garbage too.
Representative Chris Richey from Helena filed the bill on Tuesday to clarify Arkansas law. He cited the confusion that the current law has caused. Long story short, it requires anyone who wants to carry, open or concealed, to acquire a permit. The same training requirements for concealed carry would be applied to anyone that wants to carry a pistol.
This is not a move in the right direction (i.e. more liberty), but I would not be surprised if it, or a similar version, is passed. The back and forth over our current law is something that upsets both sides of the argument which leads me to believe the legislature will feel a need to pass a law.
It should be no surprise to anyone, but to be clear on my stance I will share the following. I believe that laws primarily effect the law-abiding. We should have “constitutional carry” across this nation. Yes, I have a position that will possibly take money out of my pocket, but liberty is more important. I still feel strongly that responsible citizens should still seek out training on firearms and the law; and will need someone to provide that. I would love to remove about an hour of the legal non-sense out of my class and do more shooting.