Arkansas Senate Approves Guns in Church Bill

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press  on Monday, Jan. 28, 2013 2:30 pm  

Another proposal filed Monday would keep secret the list of Arkansans licensed to carry concealed handguns. Sen. Bruce Holland, R-Greenwood, said he filed it in response to a New York newspaper that published the names and addresses of permit holders last year after the Connecticut school massacre.

Under a 2009 law, Arkansas only releases the names and ZIP codes of concealed carry permit holders. The law was the result of a compromise over a similar proposal that year to keep the entire list secret.

"I think that's a pretty private issue," Holland said. "Nobody needs to know where the guns are and who has guns in their home, make those people a target of burglaries or anything else."

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