LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The Arkansas Senate has given final approval to legislation that would allow concealed handguns in churches and other houses of worship.
By a 34-1 vote, the Senate agreed with an amendment that added sponsors to the legislation. The measure would only allow the concealed handguns if the places of worship OK it.
The measure now heads to Gov. Mike Beebe's desk. Beebe has said he plans to sign it into law, but has said he wants to work with lawmakers to develop additional legislation that would address concerns that insurers could raise the premiums of churches that opt to allow concealed handguns.
Among the 49 states that allow concealed handguns, Arkansas is one of 10 that specifically prohibit them in churches.
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