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Group makes ‘no guns’ stickers available for businesses

Many may be unaware that the new law spawned from House Bill 1249, which became effective Sept. 1, has much broader implications than allowing concealed handguns on college campuses. It’s true that’s how the legislation started, but, in its final form, this new law allows loaded, concealed weapons in many places not previously allowed, including public buildings, churches, privately owned businesses, and even restaurants that serve alcohol. Citizens carrying these weapons are required to obtain enhanced training through the Arkansas State Police, although it’s not clear just yet what that training will consist of or when it will be available. The legislation dictates the training be available no later than 180 days after the law goes into effect.

Alcohol and guns are not a good mix. Studies show that alcohol can lead to risky behaviors with guns, including decisions to shoot, increasing risk of homicide and suicide. As a consumer, I won’t patronize an establishment that allows guns. Even in the absence of mal-intent, I’m not willing to risk an accidental discharge of a weapon from a drunken patron.

According to this legislation, business owners do have the right to prohibit concealed handguns from their businesses by posting signs at all entries. The signs must be visible from ten feet away and must have the wording, “Carrying a handgun is prohibited.” I am a volunteer with Northwest Arkansas Moms Demand Action, a group that supports Second Amendment rights as well as common sense gun legislation and gun safety education. Through a fundraising effort with a group in Fayetteville, we have been able to print stickers with the legally appropriate wording and are happy to supply these to business owners free of charge. Find us on Facebook, Moms Demand Action AR, to request a sticker, and we’ll bring one to you.

STEPHANNIE BAKER

Bentonville

Original ‘Americans’ might

have some ideas

Ask the American Indians what they think about illegal immigrants.

RICK WHITE

Bentonville

letters@nwadg.com

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