A horrific shooting in California left 13 people dead after a gunman started shooting at a country bar Wednesday night, which brought up questions about gun laws in bars. We looked into how Arkansas’s laws compare to California’s.
"Having more guns is really not the solution to this problem," said Russ Melton, Founder of Diamond Bear Brewery.
About six months ago, Melton added a sign to the entrance to the brewery that says "carrying a handgun is prohibited.”
“I have a concealed carry permit so I’m certainly not opposed to that, but I think there are places it needs to be and places it doesn’t need to be," said Melton.
Last year, Arkansas lawmakers approved changes that allow those with an enhanced concealed carry permit to carry in bars if they're not drinking. Bar owners still have the right in Arkansas to prohibit guns in their establishments with verbal or written signs.
The new enhanced carry laws are different than the basic concealed carry. New classes were created requiring those who want to have an enhanced carry permit complete about eight hours of additional training with a shooting test.
Supporters believe this could have stopped the shooter in California.
"It could have neutralized the target or could have taken them out quicker," said Joe Langehennig. “Bad people with guns are going to do bad things. Good people with guns are going to hunt or stop the bad people with guns."
Arkansas laws differ from those in California, which is known for having some of the strictest gun laws, prohibiting even those with concealed carry to carry in bars. Arkansas’s enhanced carry laws also allow those with the permit to carry concealed handguns at college campuses, churches, and state buildings.