Churches And Concealed Handguns

June 2017

by Brandon B. Cate and Lindsey C. Pesek |

During the 2017 legislative session, the Arkansas General Assembly and Governor Asa Hutchinson enacted several new laws concerning public places and concealed handguns, including laws permitting a person to carry a concealed handgun on college campuses upon acquiring a newly-created enhanced permit from the Arkansas State Police. These new laws concerning concealed handguns also have an impact on churches. Specifically, Act 562 (which was House Bill 1249) and Act 859 (which was Senate Bill 724) go into effect on September 1, 2017, and will modify current Arkansas law by requiring churches to take affirmative steps if they wish to continue to prohibit concealed handguns on church property.

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Please contact Brandon B. Cate (479-444-5205 or and Lindsey C. Pesek (479-444-5211 or for additional information on this topic.