Board Says Teachers Can Keep Guns, For Now

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Here’s an update on a story we’ve been following for a while: the Arkansas Board of Private Investigators and Private Security Agencies just voted to allow Arkansas school districts -- including Clarksville, which has been training teachers recently and Lake Hamilton who has had armed staff for over twenty years -- to keep their licenses, for now. The board met this morning and voted twice to permanently revoke licenses. However, a third vote was held later in the day, reinstating those … [Read more...]

Hold Your Fire: No Shots At ‘Open Carry’ March

Arkansas Carry Chairman Steve Jones addressing demonstrators before their march.

A collection of patriotic Arkansans reclaimed their God-given constitutional rights this past weekend in Fort Smith. About 35 people showed up to an “open carry” march on Saturday, many of them openly displaying firearms to show support for Act 746, the state’s new constitutional carry law. The march went off without a hitch; local law enforcement were present and cooperative. State troopers also appeared, but left without disturbing the demonstrators. I talked with Chris Matthews, Executive … [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’s Anti-Safety Policies Prevail Again

Dustin McDaniel, swearing to defend the Constitution.

The Arkansas Board of Private Investigators and Private Security Agencies has moved to suspend the licenses of school districts who were using the licenses to arm teachers as security guards. The suspensions are being initially imposed for 60 days. In September, school districts will have the opportunity to appear before the board and make their case. However, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that the chairman of the board said he will push to have the licenses permanently revoked. … [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

Dustin McDaniel, doing his best to block a FOIA request.

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...]

Safety Tips From Government: If You’re About To Get Mugged, Glance or Nod

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If you’re spending a significant amount of time on the University of Arkansas-Little Rock campus, there’s a significant chance that you’re going to get mugged. (If you don’t  believe me, just turn on the news sometime.) Now, of course you can’t carry dangerous weapons like firearms on a public campus -- only criminals are allowed to do that. So how should you fend off an attacker? A recent email from the school’s Department of Public Safety provides some useful tips: 1. “Always pay attention … [Read more...]