A “constitutional carry” demonstration that was cancelled earlier this month is rescheduled for Saturday.
The demonstration is intended to educate the public about a change in the state statute that prohibited openly carrying a handgun. An amendment to this law that passed in the state House and Senate with only one dissenting vote in the 2013 legislative session has been interpreted by many as allowing the open or “constitutional” carrying of a handgun in most public places.
20th Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney Cody Hiland, whose jurisdiction includes Faulkner County, has said that he won’t be prosecuting people merely for carrying a weapon, but that more suspicious incidents involving weapons may be considered “on a case-by-case basis.”
The walk will not be a protest, according to Clint Cloinger with the group Patriots of Act 746 (the act that amended the carrying a weapon statute). Rather, he said, it will be “a celebratory walk to celebrate the passage of Act 746 . . . and educate the public about the change in the law.”
The walk will begin at 11 a.m. at the Colton’s on Oak Street and proceed down Oak Street before returning to the restaurant for lunch.
Anyone is invited to take part, but organizers will turn away anyone carrying a handgun without a proper holster, Cloinger said. Also, no long guns (rifles or shotguns) are allowed, and participants may not unholster their weapons.
More information can be found on the Patriots of Act 746 Facebook page or by searching thecabin.net for the term “constitutional carry.”