With Gov. Mike Beebe out of state attending a National Governors Association meeting in Washington, Lt. Gov. Mark Darr Friday signed into law a bill that makes private a list of people who can carry concealed weapons in Arkansas.
Gov. Beebe had said he would not sign the bill, but also would not veto it, which would allow it to become law five days after reaching his desk.
But in his role as Acting Governor, Darr signed it into law, saying in a written statement that he felt there should be no delay.
The law makes the list of nearly 130,000 Arkansans who have permits to carry concealed weapons no longer accessible under the state's Freedom of Information act.
Darr said he felt “the release of such records is an invasion of privacy and threatens the safety and property” of people identified.
The bill was overwhelmingly approved by the Arkansas House of Representatives and Senate.