Arkansas State Senate Votes to Allow Concealed Weapons in Churches

| by Michael Allen

By a vote of 28-4, the Arkansas State Senate approved the Church Protection Act of 2013, on Monday, which would allow churchgoers to bring concealed guns to their place of worship for "personal security," reports the Associated Press.

­The Church Protection Act of 2013 was sponsored by Republican State Senator Bryan King and reads: "It is found and determined by the General Assembly of the State of Arkansas that personal security is increasingly important; that the Second Amendment of the Constitution of the United States ensures a person's right to bear arms; and that this act is immediately necessary because a person should be allowed to carry a firearm in a church that permits the carrying of a firearm for personal security."

Only Arkansans who already permitted to carry concealed guns will be allowed to bring their guns to church if the bill becomes law. 

Individual churches will be able to make their own rules regarding whether or not peoplecan arm themselves in the church, which basically defeats the entire purpose of the proposed gun rights law.

The bill must now pass the state's House of Representatives.