Governor Hutchinson weighs in on open carry debate

Governor Hutchinson weighs in on open carry debate
(Source: Raycom Media)


Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson weighed in Thursday on Arkansas' open carry debate.

"There's no prohibition on open carry as long as there's not an intent to violate the law or to do harm," Hutchinson told Region 8 News.

"At the same time, there's different views on that in the state of Arkansas, prosecutors have different views on this," Hutchinson said. "It will ultimately be resolved by the Arkansas Supreme Court, so we have to be patient on that."

Last week, Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge gave her opinion on open carry. Rutledge stated that while she doesn't encourage open carry, if a person doesn't intend to unlawfully use the gun, simply having one on your person or in your vehicle doesn't violate state law.

Hutchinson told Region 8 News that his views on the matter fall in line with Rutledge's.

"I urge caution," Hutchinson said. "I don't think we ought to be a state where everybody has a sidearm on their hip and open carry. I don't think we're trying to promote that in Arkansas, but most importantly, it needs to be resolved."

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