Senate OKs end of hidden-gun ban in churches

SB71 passes 28-4, heads to House

Posted: January 29, 2013 at 12:03 a.m.

Sen. Joyce Elliott, D-Little Rock, talks with Sen. Bryan King, R-Green Forest, in the Arkansas Capitol’s Senate chamber after King’s bill to allow concealed handguns in churches passed Monday. Elliott spoke against the proposal.

The Senate passed a bill Monday that would end the ban on concealed handguns in churches.

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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