Down to the Wire: Just $6,477 left to match to win our Challenge Grant. Your gift will still be doubled!
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

New Arkansas law permits concealed firearms in churches

Catholic World News - February 07, 2013

By lopsided margins of 85-8 in the state house and 28-4 in the state senate, the Arkansas legislature has passed a law allowing churches to permit the presence of concealed weapons.

“In the previous law, people with a concealed-carry license could not carry in church,” the bill’s sponsor explained. “Now, this just allows each church to make their own individual decision.”

The Catholic Diocese of Little Rock joined the local bishop of the Episcopal Church in opposing the measure, according to press accounts.

Additional sources for this story
Some links will take you to other sites, in a new window.

An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:

Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Our Fall Campaign
Progress toward our year-end goal ($56,145 to go):
$150,000.00 $93,855.13
37% 63%
Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

Show 3 Comments? (Hidden)Hide Comments
  • Posted by: impossible - Feb. 08, 2013 1:12 PM ET USA

    I will wager that those who want their sanctuary to be known as a gun free zone would never put a sign in front of their own home announcing that it was a gun-free zone.

  • Posted by: MAG - Feb. 07, 2013 11:04 AM ET USA

    I don't understand the opposition. This is an application of subsidiarity.

  • Posted by: DrJazz - Feb. 07, 2013 10:41 AM ET USA

    It would have made more sense for the Diocese to say nothing about the measure. After it passed, the Diocese could (and now can) set its own policy of "no guns in Church." Why be seen as a political ally of the Episcopalians any more than is absolutely necessary?

Fall 2014 Campaign
Subscribe for free
Shop Amazon
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

The gift of orthodoxy: A mercy and a challenge to mercy 13 hours ago
Getting Marriage Right November 25
O Earthly Lord, vouchsafe to us high speed Internet. November 25
No 'Francis effect' in Strasbourg November 25
What Pope Francis told European Parliament, and what Pope John Paul II said November 25

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
Pope Francis: Europe seems 'elderly and haggard' CWN - November 25