LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - A gun law recently amended in Arkansas is confusing a lot of people.
THV11 has received a number of calls and comments regarding the recently amended Act 746, and the questions are all over the definition of a "journey". The law said Arkansans are allowed to carry a gun if they are on a journey. It was recently amended to say that a journey means "beyond the county in which the person lives."
Some have interpreted this to mean it allows you to open carry guns, but according to Attorney General Dustin McDanie, it does not.
UALR Criminal Justice Professor, Jeff Walker, explained the attorney general's opinion.
"Not going to the grocery store and running back home, but I'm going on a trip. And in those instances, carrying for protection could be important. It also gets into hunting and different things where you're going away for a period of time, but the journey is just a little more than driving around in town," he said.
So, gun owners, the bottom line is that the amendment doesn't change Arkansas' stance on open carry; it is still illegal.