Saturday, February 14, 2009
It seems that churches in Arkansas may be too dangerous to enter unarmed.
The Arkansas House of Representatives last Wednesday passed a bill on a 57-42 vote allowing concealed handguns in churches by removing houses of worship from the list of places where concealed handguns are banned. Presently, the only other private establishments where concealed weapons are banned are bars.
The legislation was introduced by Rep. Beverly Pyle, a (surpise!) Republican, supposedly because of a series of church shootings across the country. I take it then that shootings in bars are less frequent than in churches, which is nice to know, given my likelihood of being in either location.
Rep. Pyle said:
It is time we changed our concealed-handgun law to allow law-abiding citizens of the state of Arkansas the right to defend themselves and others, should a situation happen in one of our churches.