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    Open carry bill fails before Ark. House panel

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    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A watered-down proposal to allow the open carry of handguns in Arkansas has failed to clear a House panel.

    The House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday voted 9-8 in favor of the measure, but it failed to get the 11 votes needed to go to the full House for consideration.

    The bill's sponsor, Rogers Republican Rep. Sue Scott, narrowed its scope to only allow open carry in unincorporated areas of the state. It also would have protected concealed carry permit-holders who inadvertently display their weapons.

    Rogers says she'll make changes to the bill and will resubmit it.

    State Police Director Stan Witt said Tuesday he's concerned allowing open carry would threaten officer safety.

    Republican House Speaker Davy Carter and Democratic Gov. Mike Beebe say they're opposed to allowing open carry.

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