Ark. House approves bill letting pastors designate people to bring concealed guns to church

| March 27, 2011

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Pastors would be able to give congregants with concealed weapons licenses permission to bring handguns to church under a bill that passed in the Arkansas House on Friday.

Supporters portrayed the bill as giving churches more freedom. A bill passed two years ago included churches among a list of public places, such as the Capitol and courthouses, where guns aren't allowed.

That bill passed after pastors split over whether weapons should be allowed in churches, said Rep. Bryan King, R-Green Forest. King's bill, which passed the House 65-23, wouldn't allow anyone with a permit to bring a gun to church but would allow pastors to designate who could carry a pistol.

The bill still must clear the Senate and be signed by Gov. Mike Beebe to become law.–Guns-in-Church/

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