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Little Rock police requesting clarification on gun laws

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LITTLE ROCK (KATV) -- Little Rock Police Department is asking the city to move forward in hopes of changing a law when it comes to gun possession.

It's a request they hope will make it all the way to the legislature.  It centers on returning guns after they've been taken from someone determined to be "mentally irresponsible."

Under current Arkansas law if police come in contact with someone they believe is "mentally irresponsible," police have the right to seize a gun they may have, but what Little Rock police want is clarification on who is "mentally irresponsible." Additionally, who they can legally give the gun back to, whether it is a guardian and or someone "entrusted with care."

The gun control laws are getting attention once again, Tuesday it was in an Arkansas Municipal League meeting.

"The police department brought this forward earlier this year, and said that there are some challenges that they have with the way the statue's written," said Little Rock assistant city manager Bryan Day.

"They've asked us to see if we can get the state legislature to consider it in 2015, and make the changes to give them better understanding of what they can and can't do."

Day said he was approached by LRPD Chief Stuart Thomas because of some vagueness that could impact an officer's daily actions.

"They've run into some challenges with it in the past. Hopefully this clarification will make things a little bit easier, and move a bit smoother in the future years," Day continued.

Tuesday the Large First Class Cities Committee of the AML gave this measure an endorsement, marking the first in what Little Rock hopes will be series of steps to better clarify state law.

"It's our number one priority and we want to make sure our police department, and our other public safety officers have the tools, resources and laws that they need to keep our community safe," Day said following his introduction of the city's legislative agenda.

Day told me the next goal will be to craft a piece of legislation in the fall with hopes of having it presented during the 2015 session.

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