Arkansas churches face decision: Guns or no guns?

LITTLE ROCK (Arkansas News Bureau) -- A law recently enacted by the state Legislature gives church leaders a decision to make: Whether to allow people to enter the church carrying concealed handguns.

Act 67, titled The Church Protection Act of 2013, gives churches the option of allowing people with concealed-handgun permits to carry their guns into church. Previously, Arkansas law prohibited concealed handguns from being taken into churches, among other places such as state offices, athletic events not related to firearms and meeting places of government bodies.

Churches that choose to allow guns can extend the authority to select individuals or to all permit holders.

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