LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas lawmakers are proposing measures that would expand the places where people can carry concealed handguns - including churches and college campuses.
Two measures were filed Thursday that would expand the locations where concealed handguns are allowed. The measures are among several gun-related pieces of legislation that are expected to be considered in this year's session.
Republican Sen. Bryan King of Green Forest proposed allowing concealed handguns at churches. The measure would leave it up to the church to determine whether to allow them. King proposed similar legislation in 2011 that passed the House but did not clear a Senate panel.
Republican Rep. Denny Altes of Fort Smith filed a separate bill that would allow faculty and staff at colleges and universities to carry concealed handguns on campus.
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