Arkansas lawmakers set to review gun laws

Gun laws across the country have come under scrutiny in the wake of recent shootings. Arkansas lawmakers now want to take a look at the state’s gun laws.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Gun laws have come under scrutiny following the recent shootings that have occurred in our country. Uvalde, Buffalo, Tulsa – the list goes on and on.

Arkansas lawmakers have mixed feelings depending on who you ask. Either lawmakers are completely fine with the current state gun laws…or they say the current laws aren’t tough enough.

“It’s something we need to look at to make sure the guns are in the hands of the right people,” Sen. Kim Hammer (R-Benton) said.

“I’m an Arkansan, I grew up here, I know what gun culture means,” said Sen. Joyce Elliott (D-Little Rock). “It never meant we should concede to what’s going on right now.”

Both lawmakers say it may be time to review Arkansas laws. In order to get a gun, background checks are required, but not everywhere. Authorized dealers, such as gun shops, always require one. If you buy a firearm from a private seller, no state law requires a background check.

“Anything that might improve security without being an overreaction, I would certainly be open-minded,” Sen. Hammer said. “But I will do nothing that would take away a constitutional right from a citizen of Arkansas.”

There are also certain requirements when it comes to criminals, which basically states that they cannot possess firearms. Mental health has also been a big discussion in Arkansas laws, in that if someone has been involuntarily admitted to a mental health facility, they also cannot possess a firearm.

“So I think we have to be careful about that,” Senator Elliott said. “So background checks, I think that makes sense.”

While the two senators don’t necessarily agree on how stringent Arkansas gun laws are, there’s one thing they both agree on.

“At the end of the day, I think what we all want is for our citizens to feel safe,” Sen. Hammer said.

“Everyone deserves better, and it’s up to us to make sure we live up to our responsibility to make it better,” Senator Elliott said.

Both are ready to cross the aisle to make sure the Arkansans stay safe.

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