Bill allowing Razorback Stadium to ban guns passes Senate

Bill allows stadiums, day cares, hospitals to ban guns (KATV photo)

Last week Governor Asa Hutchinson signed a bill into law which allows concealed carry on college campuses. After outcry from the NCAA and SEC, Senator Jonathan Dismang introduced a new bill that allows athletic stadiums, day cares and hospitals to ban guns within their walls.

Friday, an emotional Senator Stephanie Flowers told the Arkansas Senate that the bill did not go far enough. She spoke about the death of her sister.

"I had a sister who was killed with a gun at a college. I was only 15 turning 16 that damn year," recalled Flowers.

Flowers supports the limits of Senate Bill 724, but she would like to see even more. On the other side of the issue was Senator Trent Garner who was a sponsor of the original campus carry bill.

"I'm for people being able to exercise their civil rights," said Garner.

"I know Afghani veterans, and they don't all support this bill and the bills we have been passing here talking about carrying guns in bars where people are drinking," said Flowers.

Most of the senators fell somewhere between Flowers and Garner on the issue. Senator Jeremy Hutchinson summed up his position with the words of the late supreme court justice, Antonin Scalia.

"The right secured by the second amendment is not unlimited. It is not a right to keep and carry any weapon whatsoever, in any manner whatsoever, and for whatever purpose," quoted Hutchinson.

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