Debate continues over concealed carry law after Little Rock shooting

Debate continues over concealed carry law after Little Rock shooting

LITTLE ROCK, AR (KAIT/KARK) - A recent shooting near a Little Rock nightclub has both sides in the concealed carry debate discussing whether or not guns should be carried into bars.

According to a report from Little Rock television station KARK, Little Rock police shot Michael Hornibrook early Sunday after he reportedly pointed his gun and shouted racial slurs at a homeless person.

Authorities do not know whether or not Hornibrook was drunk, but the debate over HB1249 has people on both sides discussing the issue.

Kimberly Roebuck, who works as a bartender in the River Market, told KARK that guns and alcohol can create a big mix.

"Bar guests sometimes get rowdy. They don't mean any harm; they do get rowdy, though," Roebuck said.

However, Rep. Charlie Collins, R-Fayetteville, who sponsored the bill, said a weapon can often defuse a potentially deadly situation.

"A good guy with a gun, especially a good guy or gal, whose been trained to handle those situations, I believe will deter bad guys from bringing weapons and attempting to do bad things in a lot of these places," Collins said.

The bill was approved by the legislature and signed into law earlier this month by Gov. Asa Hutchinson.

The law takes effect Sept. 1.

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