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Gun legislation heads before Ark. lawmakers

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A proposal to allow gun owners to carry firearms out in the open is meeting resistance from some Arkansas lawmakers, police and Gov. Mike Beebe.

Fort Smith Republican Rep. Denny Altes sponsored the legislation up for consideration by a House committee on Tuesday. He's acknowledged that his bill has a slim chance for success.

Maybe it's the images that open carry laws conjure up: armed Wal-Mart shoppers and diners breakfasting on biscuits while weapons dangle from their hips.

Beebe, who was endorsed by the National Rifle Association, has said he doesn't want to walk around with a gun holstered at his waist for people to see. State police also oppose the open carry legislation.

But Altes says carrying firearms out in the open won't make for a more dangerous Arkansas.

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