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Panel votes to end gun-in-church ban

Beebe ‘comfortable’ with bill

Posted: January 24, 2013 at 12:23 a.m.

State Sens. Jon Woods (left), R-Springdale, and Bryan King, R-Green Forest, talk Wednesday at a Senate Judiciary Committee meeting during which the panel approved King’s bill to end the ban on concealed handguns in churches.

The Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously passed legislation Wednesday that would end Arkansas’ ban on concealed handguns in churches.

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If you want to take your gun to church take it to a church that preaches fear and hate. DO NOT BRING YOURSELF WITH YOUR GUN to our little community church -- Christ's Church in Fayetteville. I do not want anyone attending with a gun. That isn't the gospel we follow and we don't want the liability that would incur.

Posted by: Jim_Huffman

January 24, 2013 at 4:18 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Christ's Church on Wedington Drive? Down the road is The Church that Ronnie Built? I'm with you, Jim, a church is no place for guns or politicians.

Posted by: JailBird

January 24, 2013 at 4:39 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Just look at the photo the News posted and tell me these two aren't scary. What a fool idea, I am sure there are a lot of gun nuts who can't wait to show of there stuff. These two idiots need to be voted out along with the members of the Judiciary. The Republican party is in deep trouble.

Posted by: continuetocancelme

January 24, 2013 at 5:28 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Where I go to church there is already an armed, uniformed gestapo. I would rather have the members carry if it must be done at all. It does seem to be a contradiction to go to church to pray to the Prince of Peace and we have to have an armed deputy to do so. I don't think so.

Posted by: Oldearkie

January 24, 2013 at 6:33 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

What would Jesus pack?

Posted by: FrankLloydLeft

January 24, 2013 at 11:10 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Like Obama and Ronnie the Great, Jesus would have had and did have others around Him pack.

Posted by: JailBird

January 25, 2013 at 2:11 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Normally, a bill like this is a reaction to something specific. Has there been a large amount of church-related violence reported to the police? Are there any specific cases that could justify this legislation?

Or is this just a feel-good measure that panders to the gun-nuts by resolving a problem that never existed in the first place?

Posted by: BradBailey

January 26, 2013 at 7:49 a.m. ( | suggest removal )