Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson has finally brought some clarity – but not much – to the Natural State’s open carry law. The right to keep and bear arms openly was thrown into confusion by Act 746 of 2013. Then Attorney General Dustin McDaniel declared that the law – allowing permit-less open and concealed carry – only applies to people carrying firearms while “on a journey across or through Arkansas.” This weekend, Governor Hutchinson pronounced that . . .
Arkansas law does not prohibit openly carrying a handgun as long as the person with the gun doesn’t intend to commit a crime.
Well that’s certainly clear enough! Only Hutchinson also advises Arkansawyers to check with their local prosecutor first. [Click here for his statement.] So the right to open carry depends on prosecutorial discretion, which varies according to jurisdiction? No thanks.
Yesterday, three Arkansas legislators agreed. They sent a letter to AR AG Leslie Rutledge requesting a formal opinion on whether or not open carry is legal in their state.
Rutledge, a Republican, told 5NEWS on June 1 she believes state law allows for open carry.
“I interpret it to mean an individual may carry so long as he or she does so without the intent to unlawfully employ it against another person,” she said in a prepared statement.
However, Woods told 5NEWS on Wednesday that he and the other two legislators want a formal opinion because a lot of confusion exists over whether open carry is legal . . .
Judd Deere, the attorney general’s director of communications, said she has received the letter and will respond. He said Rutledge attempts to respond to such requests within about 30 days.
This looks like a win in the making. Fingers crossed.