Did Open Carry Just Pass In Arkansas?

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Handgun Cycling (Photo credit: dagnyg)

The Arkansas Legislature slipped a gun-bill under practically everyone’s radar and it was signed into law by the Governor. I had no clue of it’s existence till Nicholas Horton from The Arkansas Project broke the story here, he’s usually on top of everything so I’d check back if I were you. Now onto Act 746: AN ACT MAKING TECHNICAL CORRECTIONS CONCERNING THE POSSESSION OF A HANDGUN AND OTHER WEAPONS IN CERTAIN PLACES; AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

From what I can understand “Journey” is finally defined, before it was ‘on a journey’ and left up for interpretation. If you leave the county you live in that now qualifies as a journey and you can have a loaded handgun in the vehicle with you without a permit as long you’re not going with the intent to shoot a certain person. Or to go to a shooting competition or target practice.

Here’s an interesting section:

(c) It is a defense to a prosecution permissible to carry a handgun under this section that if at the time of the act of carrying a weapon:
17 (1) The person is in his or her own dwelling, or place of business, or on property in which he or she has a possessory or proprietary
19 interest;

Open Carry on your property? A form of Constitutional Carry? The state gun rights group Arkansas Carry issued a press release here. We’ll see as this law is nitpicked and dissected.

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