Arkansas Senate delays vote on guns in church bill

Sen. Bryan King, R-Green Forest, right, speaks with Sen. Jon Woods, R-Springdale, during a meeting of the Senate Committee on Judiciary at the Arkansas state Capitol in Little Rock, Ark., Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013. The committee endorsed a proposal from King that would remove churches from the list of locations where concealed weapons are prohibited. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)

LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas Senate is waiting until next week to vote on a proposal that would allow concealed handguns in churches.

Republican Sen. Bryan King said Thursday that he'll seek a vote next week on his proposal to remove churches from the list of locations where concealed handguns are prohibited.

On Thursday, the Senate approved an amendment to King's bill that would make it take effect immediately if signed by the governor

King's proposal was backed Wednesday by the Senate Judiciary Committee.

A similar measure by King was approved by the House two years ago, but failed before a Senate committee. Democratic Gov. Mike Beebe has indicated he'll likely sign the measure if it reaches his desk.

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