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...]

Our Year In Review

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2013 was a colossal year for TheArkansasProject.com: not only did we double our web traffic from 2012, we also saw our highest traffic year on record since we began our affiliation with the Advance Arkansas Institute. We broke several high-profile news stories, including the arrest of (now former) State Treasurer Martha Shoffner. Here’s a look at our top ten stories for 2013: The Greatest Untold Story of the 89th General Assembly Have Yourself A Conway Crony … [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...]

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...]

MLK Anniversary, Sanctuary Security, & Conway Code Kerfuffle (Podcast)

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This week on the podcast: Dan talks about his participation on a March on Washington 50th Anniversary panel. Also, hear from Bryant Pastor Perry Black who is taking extra -- and constitutional -- precautions to keep his flock safe. And finally, an official with the city of Conway has responded to my story about how their excessive regulations are hindering charity work. We hope you enjoy the show this week! Here are some news stories we reference, for your viewing pleasure: Bryant pastor … [Read more...]

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

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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...]