As legislators returning to Little Rock on Monday (Jan. 14) prepare to grapple with budget, health care and education issues, bills dealing with guns also are expected to receive attention.
A Facebook post over the weekend indicates a gun bill modeled after legislation in Wyoming could surface in Arkansas. The 2013 Wyoming bill says any federal ban on semi-automatic firearms or the size of a magazine or "other limitations on firearms" would be unenforceable in that state.
The three-page Wyoming measure also would impose felony penalties on U.S. agents attempting to enforce federal gun laws in the state.
State Sen.-Elect Jon Woods, R-Springdale, said in a message posted on the Conservative Arkansas Facebook page Saturday he plans to sponsor similar legislation this session in Little Rock. The House and Senate convene Monday at noon.
In the note, Woods says he received seven phone calls and 10 e-mails in the last few days "wanting to know if Arkansas will introduce legislation similar to what was just introduced in Wyoming."
"The answer is yes," he writes.
Woods says he and some House members are studying the Wyoming bill, and that a similar measure is being drafted in Arkansas, with Rep.-Elect Andy Davis, R-Little Rock, as the author and lead sponsor. Woods says he will be the lead Senate sponsor, adding, "Stay tuned for further developments."