Open carry is in law, Arkansas governor tells officials

January 3, 2018

Gov. Asa Hutchinson, in a letter sent to the Arkansas State Police and prosecutors, said this month that he believes that a much-debated 2013 state law allows for the open carry of handguns, though no officials have announced a change in policy in response to the governor’s message.

Col. Bill Bryant, the state police director who was appointed by the governor and to whom the letter was directed, issued a memo of guidance to commanders on Wednesday. It was the first time the director had directly given guidance on the matter of open carry, according to an agency spokesman.

But Bryant’s memo — which says that open carry is not probable cause for an arrest and which directs troopers to use “reasonable suspicion” when stopping a person suspected of criminal conduct — is not different from the training that cadets receive at the State Police Training Academy, said spokesman Bill Sadler.

3 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • Pete says:

    Criminals in Arkansas will avoid the places where the people carry guns. Most of them are cowards at heart & only sneak around where people are the weakest.

    1. bobnstuff says:

      No they won’t since they don’t walk up to people on the street and say give me your money or wear a sign saying they are criminals. There is no proof that open carry effects crime rates and we do have facts that more guns means more gun deaths.

      1. Blogengeezer says:

        Twisted, manipulated ‘facts’ indicate “more guns, more ‘gun’ deaths”. Well, quite correct… in wartime. The same true for Swords, knives, ball bats, hammers [surprisingly quite deadly, as Hell’s Angels proudly ‘badge’ in]

        When Hillary proudly proclaimed her 30,000 figure, she [by following party line agenda] failed [deceptively] to note the specifics.

        Suicides were not mentioned [as if suicides would magically decrease with no gun available], Police actions were not mentioned, Justifiable Self Defense was not mentioned.

        Accidental was so small that it was in the fractional percentage.
        Then we have the gang activities that in effect ‘ remove each other’, of course with minimal [yet loudly voiced] natural collateral damage.

        Career repeat offenders [court system malfeasance] are quite violent… toward each other, as well as the rendered helpless.. Victims.

        Then we further break down the fallacy endlessly proclaimed by the totalitarian government obsessed, into actual ‘Crime’ stats.

        Crimes ‘Against’ the Govt rendered helpless [those law abiding Citizens disarmed… by law], increase drastically….Albeit quietly, by plan.

        Ask those experienced crime victims living in utopian ‘gun free’ London today, if they desire ‘tools’ for self defense… and Laws that actually help them.

        John Lott did the research. It is available… if sought.

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