Acting Governor Mark Darr this morning signed Senate Bill 131. It will now be known as Act 145.
"Having been an outspoken advocate for Second Amendment rights, I felt passionately that there should be no delays in signing this bill into law. Within the bill is an emergency clause which states that once this bill is signed the State of Arkansas can no longer publicly release records concerning persons licensed to carry a concealed handgun or those applying for such a license. The release of such records is an invasion of privacy and threatens the safety and property of the persons identified," Darr said at the signing ceremony. "I appreciate Senator Bruce Holland, the co-sponsors and the 80% of the 89th General Assembly who supported this bill, in their effort to protect the privacy of the citizens of Arkansas."
Earlier this week, Governor Mike Beebe said he would not veto the bill but would let it become law without his signature.