Open Carry Rally in Conway
Patriots of Act 746 is sponsoring an “Open Carry Rally” in Conway at 11 am on Saturday, December 21.
Although originally set for Simon Park, the Rally location has yet to be determined after organizers learned Conway city laws prohibit weapons in city parks.
When the Arkansas Legislature passed Act 746 this past spring, open carry activists across the state seized the opportunity to “peacefully associate in public with visible, holstered handguns.”
On August 24, Arkansas Carry sponsored a rally in Ft. Smith, Van Buren and Waldron activists rallied on September 7, and Jonesboro on October 6.
On October 21, a small group of Benton open carry activists staged what they billed as the first “Open Carry Walk” in Arkansas, on October 26 a group celebrated Act 746 in Hot Springs, and Springdale rallied on November 23.
No arrests or issues reported at any events.
Act 746 “Decriminalizes” Lawful Carry
20th Judicial District Prosecutor Cody Hiland has told local law enforcement officials that necessary use of a weapon for the defense of oneself or another “can be both right and lawful” under Arkansas law.
He went on to say that, when the Legislature included the word “unlawfully” in Act 746, the effect was to
decriminalize the carry of lawful weapons, including handguns, by citizens not otherwise prohibited from possessing them … so long as the citizen in question does not carry his or her weapon with the purpose of attempting to use it unlawfully against a person.