Alma Lawmaker’s Bill Would Lower Concealed-Carry Age For Veterans

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ALMA (KFSM) – An Alma lawmaker introduced a bill this week that would give concealed-carry permits to veterans and active-duty military who are at least 18 years old.

State Rep. Charlotte Douglas, R-Alma, filed the measure Wednesday in the Arkansas House of Representatives. It is being considered by the House Judiciary Committee, according to the Arkansas State Legislature website.

The bill, if passed by the state Legislature and signed into law by the governor, would eliminate the requirement that concealed-carry permits only be issued to those 21 years old or older. It would amend that requirement to allow those at least 18 years old to gain a concealed-carry permit as long as they are enlisted in the armed forces or the U.S. National Guard, or if they are a former member of the military and have been honorably discharged.

The bill would still allow those 21 years old or older to gain a concealed-carry permit.


  • Tyler

    In my personal opinion, the concealed carry law should not change for military 18 and above. This opinion is coming from a veteran that has served while I was 18 years of age. Being in the military you should be responsible enough to carry a weapon on duty, but in my experience while soldiers are off duty that are under the age of 21 are usually extremely immature. I know this because I was that guy.

  • TylerD

    Why should I get a permit for a constitutionally protected right?
    Norton v. Shelby County, 118 U.S. 425 (1886)

    While acts of a de facto incumbent of an office lawfully created by law and existing are often held to be binding from reasons of public policy, the acts of a person assuming to fill and perform the duties of an office which does not exist de jure can have no validity whatever in law.

    An unconstitutional act is not a law; it confers no rights; it imposes no duties; it affords no protection; it creates no office; it is in legal contemplation as inoperative as though it had never been passed.

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