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Arkansas

Arkansas has weak gun laws and a high firearm death rate. Arkansas even allows members of the public with certain concealed weapons licenses to carry guns on college campuses. In recent years, Everytown has helped defeat Stand Your Ground legislation, bills to allow people to carry concealed firearms without a permit and legislation that would have allowed people to carry firearms in almost any public place, including K-12 schools

549 In an average year, 549 people die by guns in Arkansas.
9th Arkansas has the 9th highest rate of gun deaths in the country.
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After years of weakening its laws and leaving Arkansas vulnerable to gun violence, the legislature needs to overhaul its gun laws. That work begins with electing gun sense legislators to the statehouse, such as former Moms Demand Action volunteer leader Rep. Nicole Clowney, who received an Everytown Action Fund endorsement in 2018 and was elected to the Arkansas House of Representatives that year. To become a safer state, Arkansas can enact extreme risk protection order legislation, ensure background checks are required for all firearm sales, and repeal the law that allows some members of the public to carry concealed guns on college campuses.

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