Yesterday, Feb. 11, 2013, Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe, signed the Church Protection Act into law. That law allows churches to decide if they will allow people with Concealed Carry permits, to carry concealed in their church.
Each individual church would be allowed to decide if they will allow Concealed Carry as well as who will be allowed to Conceal Carry within the church property.
The Republican-controlled House passed the bill 85-8 with bipartisan support last week. The measure previously passed the Republican-controlled Senate 28-4.
Recently, Church attendees at the Ira Groves Freewill Baptist Church, 1701 Belmont, in East St. Louis, were startled to see three gunmen enter their church at 5:30 pm and commit armed robbery, the Belleville News Democrat reported on Jan. 31, 2013.
One of the three men held a gun to the minister's head and ordered the congregation to the floor. The other two men proceeded to take valuables from the attendees, which included jewelry, electronics, and their wallets.
Some say that this event in St. Louis is a very good reason to carry concealed in churches. That way anyone who is thinking about such an armed robbery, would perhaps think twice before carrying out their plan.
Copyright © 2013 by Jake Jones