Arkansans react to new gun-privacy law

LITTLE ROCK (KATV) - Just one day after the controversial bill was signed Arkansans are speaking out. When the lieutenant governor signed the gun-privacy bill into law over tens of thousands of Arkansas were directly affected.

There are currently 130,000 Arkansas residents who have concealed carry weapons licenses. This law immediately made their records and those applying for licenses private. Before this law it was public information for people to know the names and zip codes of permit holders. At the time that law was a compromise between Republicans and Democrats.{}But some{}people{}say this law is long overdue and that there should be no compromise when it comes to privacy, especially when it's a{}safety issue.

"I think it's a good thing that no one knows because if it were open to the public the criminals would know who to rob and who not to rob," said Corey Cook, a gun rights supporter.

Don Hill, owner of Don's Weaponry in North Little Rock, says it's nobody's business who has a gun and who doesn't.

"Should everybody know how much jewelry you have away? No, it's nobody's business," said Hill.{}"That way they can come to your house and steal your guns, they know you own firearms," he said.

Hill says he doesn't expect the law to have a negative or positive impact on his sales.