This bill was poorly written and had no chance whatsoever of passing through commitee, much less being passed by the House, or by the Senate, or being signed into law by Governor Beebe. It answered none of the remaining voiced concerns of the commitee members, some of whom are gun owners and NRA members, and rather than Representative Martin seeking somecommon ground, he appears to have stubbornly taken an "all or nothing" approach to working on reasonable legislation which would have satisfied the vast majority of those of us who advocate for open carry in Arkansas.
HB2184 did not fail because "gun owners are our biggest problem." In my view, it failed because the sponsor wasn't good at what he was elected to do and was too stubborn to work with rather than against his fellow colleagues in the House on our behalf. The commitee by majority did their job and made the right decision to wait for a better drafted bill on open carry rather than approve this one.
Largely as a result of a childish"all or nothing" approach we are left with nothing and now face waiting for another,hopefullymore competent and less naiive sponsor to worktoward drafting an open carrybill which will pass into law and will then bring us in line with the 44 other states which accomodate lawful open carry within their borders.
Thank you, Representative Martin. Great job.