Paragould Arrest Could Trigger “Test Case” For Act 746

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Mason Brannon of Paragould was arrested on March 1st for carrying a firearm without a concealed carry permit. Brannon’s arrest, and his pending prosecution, could serve as the first “test case” of Act 746, which became law last year. However, the trial won’t be a walk in the park for Prosecutor Scott Ellington -- because Act 746 imposes a new, and especially high, burden of proof on the state. Thanks to Act 746, possession of a firearm is no longer a crime in Arkansas. Under the act, which … [Read more...]

Arkansas Carry PAC Endorses John Cooper for Senate District 21

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Arkansas Carry PAC, the political wing of Arkansas’s largest gun rights advocacy group (Arkansas Carry), has endorsed John Cooper for Senate District 21. A special election is being held in the district to fill the seat of former Democrat Senator Paul Bookout who resigned amid ethics violations. In a press release, ACPAC Chairman Nicholas Stehle said: Arkansas Carry PAC is pleased to announce its endorsement of John Cooper for State Senate, District 21. Mr. Cooper's responses to our survey … [Read more...]

Arkansas Carry To March In Support Of Act 746

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This Saturday, members of Arkansas Carry, the state’s largest gun rights advocacy group, will host a “freedom walk” that will exercise their rights and show support for the recently enacted Act 746. The group believes that Act 746 legalizes both concealed and open carry without a permit. As part of the walk, members of the group will openly carry handguns. According to Chairman Steve Jones, some media reports have left a false impression about the group’s intentions: Contrary to what … [Read more...]

McDaniel Doublethink Will Make Schools Less Safe

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The attorney general of Arkansas doesn’t get to write laws or make policy for the state. However, as the state’s highest ranking law enforcement officer, it is customary for the AG to issue opinions on legal questions, usually when asked to do so by lawmakers. I don’t have a problem with this in general, as long as we all understand that opinions from the AG are just that -- his opinion. They’re not decrees, verdicts, or rulings. They’re just one lawyer’s opinion of the law. Imagine my … [Read more...]

Dustin McDaniel Is Wrong About Act 746

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Many folks have asked me to weigh in on Attorney General Dustin McDaniel’s opinion on Act 746. I suppose it’s because we first broke the story about Act 746 here at The Arkansas Project. I called it “the greatest untold story of the 89th General Assembly.” After we broke that story, a debate ensued: Governor Beebe weighed in, saying he didn’t really understand the bill to mean what it actually means when he signed it. To recap my response: So what? Beebe’s an executive, not a judge or a … [Read more...]

Talkin’ State Exchange & Act 746 With Paul Harrell

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Here's my segment on The Paul Harrell Program from this past week. We discuss Arkansas's state-run Obamacare exchange and Act 746 (constitutional carry). Enjoy: … [Read more...]

Weekly Segment With Paul Harrell

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No doubt many of you have been following the developments surrounding Act 746 or "constitutional carry." You may have seen my interview with ASP spokesman Bill Sadler earlier this week. Yesterday I spoke with Paul Harrell on The Paul Harrell Program about my interview and where we go from here. Take a listen, if you're into that sort of thing. Segment begins around the 1:35:00 mark: Video streaming by Ustream … [Read more...]

Is Constitutional Carry Under Fire?

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My phone has been ringing off the hook ever since we broke the news a few weeks ago about the meaning of Act 746: namely, that the right to carry a firearm in Arkansas has now been established in law. As I reported, the law makes multiple substantive changes to Arkansas law: most importantly, it decriminalizes firearm possession. Nonetheless, there’s been just a bit of disagreement about what the law means to law-abiding and Second-Amendment-appreciating Arkansans. Therefore, earlier this … [Read more...]