No, Federal Bureaucrats Don’t Need Machine Guns

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The statement that “Democracy means that if the doorbell rings in the early hours, it is likely to be the milkman” is often credited to Winston Churchill. In America in 2014, however, that doorbell is too likely to be rung by a federal bureaucrat leading a SWAT team to raid your property. Of course, in a California case in 2011, the Department of Education’s SWAT team (yes, you read that right) wasn’t even courteous enough to knock: From National Review: The proliferation of paramilitary … [Read more...]

Primary Runoff Day Is Here

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Results for the primary runoffs -- such as the GOP nomination for State Senate District 17 (State Rep. John Burris vs. Scott Flippo) and Attorney General (Leslie Rutledge vs. David Sterling) -- will be announced tonight. If you haven’t already voted, maybe you should: your vote will matter more in a runoff election, when voter turnout is dramatically lower, than during primary and general elections. The Burris/Flippo race will likely be a close one, with wide-ranging implications for the future … [Read more...]

Does David Sterling Have A “Duty To Retreat” From Outside Group’s “Stand Your Ground” Ads?

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The Judicial Crisis Network has created a bit of a kerfuffle by inserting themselves into the Republican attorney general primary here in Arkansas, distributing mail pieces that are critical of candidate Leslie Rutledge. Rutledge has used the mailers as grounds for attacks against the group and her Republican opponent in the June 10th runoff, David Sterling. But are any of these attacks merited? Let’s take a look. Last week, I received this mailer and this mailer from JCN. As you can see, … [Read more...]

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...]