The Church Protection Act of 2013, Senate Bill (SB) 71, is sponsored by Senator Bryan King, of Green Forest.
The bill states:
SECTION 1. Arkansas Code 5-73-306(16), concerning the prohibition against carrying a concealed handgun in a church or other place of worship, is amended to read as follows:
- (16)(A) Any church or other place of worship.
- (B) However, this subchapter does not preclude a church or other place of worship from determining who may carry a concealed handgun into the church or other place of worship;
In the Arkansas House, a similar bill has been filed that would allow concealed handguns on college and university campuses.
The bill, filed by Rep. Denny Altes, of Fort Smith, would allow trained faculty and staff to carry concealed handguns.