Guns in Arkansas en Church Leaders Give Christmas Help To Gun Victims, Preach Stronger Laws <p>A group called “Arkansan Pastors for Gun Sense” is partnering with law enforcement agencies around the state to reach out to families of victims of gun violence by delivering toys and Christmas hams &nbsp;Saturday. In addition to supporting victims, the group has been pushing for legislation to strengthen background checks and other gun trafficking laws.</p> Fri, 20 Dec 2013 21:31:44 +0000 Chris Hickey 16404 at Gun Owners Promote Open Carry With Demonstration In Fort Smith <p>Gun advocates, who want to roll back certain restrictions on firearms, plan on holding a demonstration in Fort Smith on Saturday.</p><p><a href="" style="line-height: 1.5;">Arkansas Carry</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is a nonprofit organization that supports gun owners, promotes the Second Amendment, and backs efforts to remove bans on the open carry of handguns in the state.</span></p> Wed, 21 Aug 2013 16:24:54 +0000 Malcolm Glover 9937 at Gun Owners Promote Open Carry With Demonstration In Fort Smith Arkansas Pastors To Urge Expanded Background Checks <p style="margin-bottom: 0in">A group of Arkansas pastors is calling on U.S. Sens. John Boozman and Mark Pryor to reconsider their opposition to expanded background checks for firearms sales.</p> Thu, 15 Aug 2013 13:02:49 +0000 Associated Press 9632 at Arkansas Panel To Discuss Plan To Arm Teachers, Staff <p>A regulatory panel is discussing the disputed licenses that a west Arkansas school district is using to arm more than 20 teachers and staff to act as volunteer security guards on campus.</p><p>The Arkansas Board of Private Investigators and Private Security Agencies on Wednesday planned to discuss a legal opinion from Attorney General Dustin McDaniel that said the panel was wrong to issue licenses to 13 districts designating them as private security firms.</p> Wed, 14 Aug 2013 10:49:53 +0000 Associated Press 9562 at Arkansas District Arming More Than 20 Teachers, Staff <p>When fall classes start in one Arkansas school district, more than 20 district employees will be walking the hallways carrying concealed weapons, making use of a little-known Arkansas law that allows licensed, armed security guards on campus.</p><p>After undergoing 53 hours of training, the teachers, administrators and other employees will be considered guards.</p><p>Clarksville, a community of 9,200 people about 100 miles northwest of Little Rock, isn't known for having dangerous schools.</p> Tue, 30 Jul 2013 11:23:39 +0000 Associated Press 8737 at 3-Year-Old Boy Killed In Shooting Near Cabot <p>Authorities in Lonoke County say a 3-year-old boy died after he accidentally shot himself with a handgun.</p><p>Lonoke County sheriff's Lt. Jim Kulesa says the shooting happened Sunday afternoon at a home near Cabot.</p><p>Kulesa says the boy was at the home of a family friend at the time of the shooting. Kulesa says the child picked up a 9mm automatic handgun from a nightstand and it discharged, striking him once.</p><p>The boy was pronounced dead at the scene. Kulesa says there are no signs of foul play in the shooting death.</p> Mon, 22 Jul 2013 11:00:48 +0000 Associated Press 8296 at Gun Control Group To Hold Rally In Little Rock <p>A gun control group is holding a rally in Little Rock to urge U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor to take another look at a measure expanding background checks for firearm sales.</p><p>Mayors Against Illegal Guns, a group co-founded by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, is holding the rally Friday at Allsopp Park.</p><p>The event comes as the group is airing ads in Arkansas criticizing Pryor for voting against the background checks measure.</p> Fri, 14 Jun 2013 11:18:19 +0000 Associated Press 6254 at NRA Answers Bloomberg With Pryor Radio Ad <p>The National Rifle Association is buying airtime on Arkansas radio stations to defend Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor's vote against gun purchase background checks proposed by President Barack Obama.</p><p>The NRA said the ad will run Wednesday through June 25 in a number of state media markets.</p><p>The 60-second spot mentions the 2008 murder of Arkansas Democratic Party Chairman Bill Gwatney and says nothing in the legislation Pryor voted against would have prevented the killing.</p> Wed, 12 Jun 2013 22:45:16 +0000 Associated Press 6173 at NRA Answers Bloomberg With Pryor Radio Ad University Boards So Far Opting Out; UA, ASU To Decide Concealed Carry <p>Thursday the University of Arkansas System Board of Trustees is scheduled to meet and vote on whether to allow permitted faculty and staff to carry concealed handguns on its campuses throughout the state.</p><p>The Arkansas State University Board is also expected to vote on the matter Thursday.</p><p>The state legislature recently passed a law that gives colleges the choice, though all schools that have voted so far have opted out of allowing concealed weapons on campus.</p> Thu, 23 May 2013 04:53:46 +0000 Nathan Vandiver 4941 at University Boards So Far Opting Out; UA, ASU To Decide Concealed Carry 2-Year School In Forrest City Opts Out Of Gun Law <p>Another Arkansas college has opted out of a new state law that allows faculty and staff members to carry concealed guns on campus.</p><p>East Arkansas Community College's board of trustees voted last week to opt out of the law, passed this year by the Legislature. <a href="" target="_blank">The Times-Herald reports</a> that the board decided that hiring extra armed security officers would be a better option for the two-year school in Forrest City.</p> Mon, 13 May 2013 20:17:36 +0000 Associated Press 4378 at