By lopsided margins of 85-8 in the state house and 28-4 in the state senate, the Arkansas legislature has passed a law allowing churches to permit the presence of concealed weapons.
“In the previous law, people with a concealed-carry license could not
carry in church,” the bill’s sponsor explained. “Now, this just allows
each church to make their own individual decision.”
The Catholic Diocese of Little Rock joined the local bishop of the
Episcopal Church in opposing the measure, according to press accounts.