Arkansas House Passes Reduced Fees for Concealed Carry by Charles Yeganian

LEAP Forward has been tracking Arkansas HB 1036 and SB 17 in the state legislature - companion bills that would reduce the fees required to obtain a license to carry a concealed firearm in the state. Monday, HB 1036 passed the state House by a 74-18 vote, and now moves on to the state Senate for consideration alongside SB 17. Both bills would lower the required fee to hide a deadly weapon on one’s person to as low as $25.

LEAP Forward will continue to score opposition to this legislation, and I thank Reps. Megan Godfrey and Denise Garner for voting against this bill.

Arkansas Republican Files "Stand Your Ground" Legislation by Charles Yeganian

Opponents of the House Bill 1059 said it could have unintended consequences but the sponsor, Rep. Aaron Pilkington, R-Clarksville, said he wants to give Arkansans an opportunity to better protect themselves.

While Pilkington isn't sure how much support the bill will receive from his fellow lawmakers, state Sen. Greg Leding, D-Fayetteville, who opposes guns on college campuses and typically opposes legislation that relaxes gun laws, told KATV this bill could have unintended consequences.

"I would ask representative Pilkington how many times he's been confronted in his front yard by an armed individual," Leding said. "That's what law enforcement is for. And I just really think that this type of legislation, if it were to become law, could end up with a lot of tragic stories."

LEAP Forward is grading action on HB 1059 and is scoring opposition.