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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - An Arkansas House panel is weighing a proposal to allow the open carry of handguns in the state.
Lawmakers on the House Judiciary Committee will vote Tuesday on a measure that would replace the current concealed carry law with an open carry statute.
The bill's lead sponsor, Republican Rep. Sue Scott of Rogers, said open carry is needed to advance Second Amendment rights and deter crime.
Republican House Speaker Davy Carter and Democratic Gov. Mike Beebe have said they're opposed to the measure.
The open carry proposal is the latest effort to expand gun rights this legislative session. Lawmakers already approved an expansion of concealed carry in churches and on college campuses. On Friday, Lt. Gov. Mark Darr signed legislation to make secret the list of concealed carry permit-holders.
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