Arkansas Lawmakers Approve Guns in Church Bill, Governor Plans to Sign

| February 18, 2013

Arkansas lawmakers Monday approved a bill that would allow firearms in churches, and now Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe will have the final say.

By a vote of 85 to 8, the State House of Representatives approved the bill, which allows churches to choose whether to allow handguns in their sanctuary.

The State Senate gave the proposal its stamp of approval last week.

If a church gives members the go ahead, the new laws would only allow people with carry conceal permits to arm themselves in the Lord's house.

Supporters says the legislation allows churches to protect themselves without having to pay for private security.

The bill now goes to the governor, who is expected to sign it.

Here in Northwest Arkansas, some Pastors aren't sure what the "Church Protection Act" would mean inside their sanctuaries.

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