Arkansas Carry will host a Constitutional Carry Walk in Jacksonville on April 19 at 12:30 p.m. Participants will meet and park vehicles in the vacant parking lot just east of the new Wendy’s in Jacksonville. After a safety briefing, the participating walkers will then walk west on the sidewalks of Main Street to the Military Museum.
While at the Military Museum, pictures will be taken and it will be a good place for interviews and additional information for the press. The next stop will be Emily’s Diner at 1:30. Emily’s Diner is the Old Wendy’s building next to Arby’s.
The purpose of this constitutional walk is in celebration of Act 746; recent changes to Arkansas Statutes 5-73-119 and 5-73-120. Act 746 now "decriminalizes" possession of a handgun. This change brings Arkansas Statutes back in line with the constitution of Arkansas.
Come on out and show your support for your 2nd Amendment rights and celebrate with us over the recent changes bringing Arkansas Statutes back in line with our State Constitution.
According to Clint Cloinger, regional coordinator for Arkansas Carry, Act 746 went into effect on Aug. 16, 2013.
"Originally House Bill 1700 Act 746 changed the way you can legally carry a weapon. This bill was drafted with similar language that is used in Vermont’s constitutional carry law that was enacted since statehood."
Cloinger added that Act 746 states that a person has to "attempt to unlawfully employ the weapon" before commit an offense.
"This means you have to show criminal intent before charges can be filed against you," Cloinger said.
Cloinger said open carry walks amount to walking with a weapon (handgun) openly displayed on a person.
"All of our walks are coordinated with the local police department and we always do a safety briefing before each walk," he said.
These walks are taking place to make aware the general public and local law enforcement that the law in Arkansas has changed. There have already been walks in
Maumelle, Conway, Cabot, Fort Smith, Jonesboro, North Little Rock and Hot Springs just to name a few," he said.
"We are firm believers in the second amendment and feel that every law abiding citizen should have the right to protect themselves and their amily from the evil things that take place today in our society," said Cloinger.