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Arkansas Senate passes guns in church bill

Posted: January 28, 2013 at 2:56 p.m.

FILE - The Arkansas Senate meets Monday, Jan. 28, 2013.

— The Arkansas Senate approved Senate Bill 71 on Monday, which would allow concealed guns in participating churches.

The bill, called the Church Protection Act of 2013, passed the Senate by a 28-4 vote. The bill will now go to the Arkansas House of Representatives for a vote.

If the bill passes through the House, Gov. Mike Beebe would have to sign the bill into law for it to take effect.

An Arkansas Democrat-Gazette article reported that a Beebe spokesman said the governor was neutral on the bill and would likely sign the bill if it came to him.

Arkansas Senate approves guns in church bill

The Arkansas Senate approved Senate Bill 71, the Church Protection Act of 2013, by a vote of 28-4 on Monday. The bill will now go to the Arkansas House of Representatives for a vote. If the the bill passes the House and Gov. Mike Beebe signs the bill into law, concealed guns would be allowed in churches. (By Lee Hogan)
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Read more on this story in Tuesday's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

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