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An Arkansas House committee has advanced revised legislation to greatly expand the carrying of concealed firearms in the state, but not before getting flak Tuesday from opponents of the bill, as well as gun rights supporters.

The original legislation approved by the House last month was limited to college campuses, but the Senate modified the bill to also allow guns at some government buildings, including the state Capitol, and private establishments like bars and restaurants.

The bill’s sponsor, Rep. Charlie Collins of Fayetteville, told members of the House Judiciary Committee Tuesday that it would address an ongoing problem.

“There are murders on about a monthly basis on school grounds throughout our country and periodically there are dozens of innocent people murdered while we look on. And we have not made progress in a broad way to add new ways of deterring these crazy killers from murdering people,” Collins said.



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