Arkansas House Votes 82 to 5 to Establish Gun Rights for Medical Marijuana Patients

Legislation to codify gun rights for medical marijuana patients and caregivers has been passed by Arkansas’ full House of Representative.

The House voted 82 to 5 today to pass House Bill 1784, filed by State Representative Aaron Pilkington. The vote sends the measure to the Senate. Passage in the Senate would put it on the desk of Governor Sarah Huckabee Sanders for consideration.

If passed into law the proposal would amend the state’s concealed carry license law to clarify that those issuing licenses “shall not consider a person’s status as a qualifying patient or designated caregiver under the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Amendment of 2016, Arkansas Constitution, Amendment 98, § 2, in determining whether an applicant is eligible to be issued a license to carry a concealed handgun under this subchapter.”


The proposed law also states that “a person’s status as a qualifying patient or designated caregiver is confidential”, and that “The Department of Health shall not disclose the identity of a person who has been issued a registry identification card to the Division of the Arkansas State Police for the purpose of facilitating a criminal history record check or any other background check related to the issuance of a license to carry a concealed handgun”

In addition, “The Director of the Division of Arkansas State Police shall not consider a person’s status as a qualifying patient or designated caregiver under the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Amendment of 2016, Arkansas Constitution, Amendment 98, § 2, in determining whether an applicant or licensee is eligible to be issued a license to carry a concealed handgun”.

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