Gun rights supporters "celebrate" open carry law - KATV - Breaking News, Weather and Razorback Sports

Gun rights supporters "celebrate" open carry law

Posted: Updated:

BRYANT (KATV) - Armed supporters took to the streets of Bryant Saturday to bring attention to a new law that allows the public bearing of arms in Arkansas.

Thousands of gun advocates across the state were happy to see Act 746 become law on August 16th. But Saturday some supporters went the extra mile--literally---peacefully marching down major roads to celebrate their gun rights.

Nicholas Stehle, chairperson for Arkansas Carry, organized the event which he called a legal and peaceful armed citizen walk that would show the state that unlicensed open carry is now legal. Supporters at the event say being able to openly carry deters crime and provides an important option for gun owners. Stehle doesn't openly carry himself but says it's not for lawmakers to make that decision and this recent law ends decades of infringement on a basic right.

"I still prefer to carry concealed but I support people's rights to carry openly," he said. "There's no evidence to suggest that it's a safety problem. There's no evidence to suggest that people behave any differently except for the fact that it may actually prevent some crimes from ever happening."

 

 

 

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • $30,000 worth of stolen sculptures from LR Riverfront Park are returned

    $30,000 worth of stolen sculptures from LR Riverfront Park are returned

    Sunday, August 31 2014 11:38 PM EDT2014-09-01 03:38:48 GMT
    $30,000 worth of sculptures stolen from downtown was mysteriously returned Sunday morning. A couple found the sculptures in a black garbage bag inside of the Little Rock Vogel Schwartz Sculpture Garden at Riverfront Park. The Sizzling sisters, First Glance, and Conversation with Myself were all donated to the sculpture garden.More >>
    $30,000 worth of sculptures stolen from downtown was mysteriously returned Sunday morning. A couple found the sculptures in a black garbage bag inside of the Little Rock Vogel Schwartz Sculpture Garden at Riverfront Park. The Sizzling sisters, First Glance, and Conversation with Myself were all donated to the sculpture garden.More >>
  • Metro Radar

    Metro Radar

  • "Lost Seal" from Civil War era returns to Saline County

    "Lost Seal" from Civil War era returns to Saline County

    Sunday, August 31 2014 11:39 PM EDT2014-09-01 03:39:19 GMT
    Saline County celebrated the return of it's “Lost Seal” by installing a historical civil war marker. The county hasn't had the seal since 1863 but it is now back in the counties possession.In 1996 Gary smith of Pine Bluff found discovered the seal with his metal detector in Grant County.More >>
    Saline County celebrated the return of it's “Lost Seal” by installing a historical civil war marker. The county hasn't had the seal since 1863 but it is now back in the counties possession.In 1996 Gary smith of Pine Bluff found discovered the seal with his metal detector in Grant County.More >>