Community celebrates open carry act with rally

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Several people were in downtown Jonesboro Sunday to celebrate their 2nd Amendment Rights.

"Today is just a day of celebration of some 2nd Amendment Rights we gained this year, through the legislative process," said Arkansas Carry Board Member Scott Vaughn.

ACT 746 was approved back in April. Vaughn said this was an act that needed to be approved, after he felt the state and government's restrictions were unfair.

"Our 2nd Amendment Right gives us the right to keep and bear arms, and that's not supposed to be infringed, "said Vaughn.

Vaughn said this was important for those who wish to carry a gun in order to protect themselves and their family.

"Not everybody can afford a concealed weapon license," said Vaughn.  "So should they not be allowed to be able to protect themselves?"

Although, there are those who disagree, Vaughn said he has spoken with several people who are on board with the new law.

"I've talked to some law enforcement officials across the state, and we definitely have a large group that's with us," said Vaughn.

Vaughn said it's all a matter of opinion, but just because some do not agree, does not mean it should affect those who wish to carry.

"If they don't want to carry that's fine," said Vaughn. "If they disagree about carrying a gun or disagree about gun rights period, that's their option."

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