A dozen gun rights supporters plan to march in a western Arkansas city this weekend with their firearms on display to highlight a law that they argue allows the open carry of handguns, despite an attorney general’s opinion saying otherwise.
Arkansas Carry, a gun rights group, on Saturday plans to hold an invitation-only “open carry” march in Fort Smith to highlight the disputed law, which took effect Aug. 16. Attorney General Dustin McDaniel last month said the new law makes technical corrections regarding the possession of a handgun but didn’t remove the restrictions on carrying weapons openly.
Arkansas law currently states that being on a journey is a defense to prosecution for illegally carrying a weapon, but doesn’t define what constitutes a journey. The new law defines a journey as traveling “beyond the county in which the person lives.”