NRA Names Asa Hutchinson to Lead Program Calling for Armed Police in Every School

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press  on Friday, Dec. 21, 2012 2:19 pm  

Asa Hutchinson

"It should not have any impact on that decision and obviously this is an important initiative," Hutchinson said. "It will be completed at least in its initial phase long before 2014 rolls around. This is much more urgent than a 2014 issue."

The move gives Hutchinson a chance to tout his pro-gun record in a state where Democrats and Republicans alike have long resisted gun control efforts. Hutchinson was endorsed by the NRA's political victory fund during his unsuccessful 2006 run for governor against Democrat Mike Beebe. Beebe, who is now serving his second term as governor, promoted his support of gun rights in one of his first ads against Hutchinson.

The NRA effort also comes as Attorney General Dustin McDaniel, a Democrat who's running for governor, faces questions about his admitted extramarital relationship with a Hot Springs attorney. McDaniel, who has said he's not dropping out of the race, is a former police officer who has regularly touted his support of gun rights and has signed onto briefs opposing handgun bans elsewhere.

Hutchinson would not say whether he saw gun rights as a campaign issue if he does run, but said he believed there would be "healthy debate" on it in the Legislature during next year's session.

"We've got to do better in Arkansas in providing school security," Hutchinson said.

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