State Senate Committee Approves Proposal for Guns in Church

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press  on Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013 11:35 am  

Rep. Richard Womack, R-Arkadelphia, said he filed the resolution to show his constituents that he hears their concerns about federal proposals to tighten regulations on firearms.

"They are scared to death that the federal government is going to come in and try to confiscate weapons," Womack told reporters after the resolution passed. "The vast majority of my contacts just want things left alone, no change whatsoever."

Womack conceded that he did not think the federal government would seek to confiscate weapons "anytime soon."

A separate measure is pending before a House panel that would allow faculty and staff at universities and colleges to carry a concealed handgun on campus. Beebe told reporters he has more concerns about that legislation.

"You need to get input from the college administrators and personnel in the colleges before you come to any final conclusion one way or another, but the feedback I'd had from college officials was generally negative about that," Beebe said.

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