Amid a national debate on gun violence, the Arkansas Senate and House voted to allow concealed handguns in churches and other houses of worship. At presstime, Gov. Mike Beebe was expected to sign "The Church Protection Act," removing the state's ban of concealed handguns in churches. State Sen. Bryan King (Republican) told Arkansas Online that the measure would allow individual churches to decide "what they want to do for security." State Sen. Linda Chesterfield (Democrat) said she was "trying to wrap [her] head around" the measure, adding, "If there was one person who was anti-violent, it was my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ."
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