Gun owners of Arkansas is the author of SB 298. As such, we fought hard to get it passed in both chambers of the legislature.
   Thank you Representative Brandt Smith and Senator Gary Stubblefield for carrying this vital legislation. Your courage is recognized by all Arkansans We were disappointed when the governor vetoed SB 298. We were proud of the Senate when they overrode that veto. Thank you to the senators who had the courage to stand for the people.
   When we discovered that the house probably would not override the veto, we worked into the wee hours of the morning, fighting to retain as much of the language of SB 298 in HB 1957 as possible. Gun Owners of Arkansas clawed and fought over every word with legislative leadership to retain the protections intended in SB 298. While we ultimately did not succeed in salvaging all of it, we were able to retain as many protections as possible given the makeup of the legislature and the governor's opposition. Representative Jeff Wardlaw was a key player in that negotiation process.
   Even as we were fighting to keep the language of SB 298, we were also fighting to ensure that the house would attempt to override the veto of governor Hutchinson. Ultimately, while we were not successful in getting an override vote, people were able to see the process, and judge for themselves thanks to the hard work of the many individuals of Gun Owners of Arkansas.
   SB 298 failed, but if you read HB 1957, you will see 90% of it retains the language of SB 298. It is certainly better legislation than the so called "Montana bill" recommended by the governor and others. Although we did not get a complete victory, thanks to the many members of Gun Owners of Arkansas, we were able to fight for the people of Arkansas. Hb1957 is not a bad bill. It's not as good as SB 298. Just know Gun Owners of Arkansas was fighting for your rights until the last minute.
   Your membership matters. Together, we have a voice. We will have a full legislative update in the coming days, and update you on the legislation we authored, what we fought for and against, and what this session will mean moving forward. Right now, we are tired boss, but we have only begun to fight.

Tim Loggains
Executive Vice President
Gun Owners of Arkansas

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The most profoundly revolutionary achievement of the United States of America was the subordination of society to moral law. The principle of man’s individual rights represented the extension of morality into the social system — as a limitation on the power of the state, as man’s protection against the brute force of the collective, as the subordination of might to right. The United States was the first moral society in history. All previous systems had regarded man as a sacrificial means to the ends of others, and society as an end in itself. The United States regarded man as an end in himself, and society as a means to the peaceful, orderly, voluntary co-existence of individuals. All previous systems had held that man’s life belongs to society, that society can dispose of him in any way it pleases, and that any freedom he enjoys is his only by favor, by the permission of society, which may be revoked at any time. The United States held that man’s life is his by right (which means: by moral principle and by his nature), that a right is the property of an individual, that society as such has no rights, and that the only moral purpose of a government is the protection of individual rights.
The Virtue of Selfishness, 93

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The Natural Right to Self Defense

All men are created equally free and independent, and have certain inherent and inalienable rights; amongst which are those of enjoying and defending life and liberty; of acquiring, possessing and protecting property, and reputation; and of pursuing their own happiness. To secure these rights governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.

Article 2, Section 2 – Arkansas State Constitution

“The strength of the Constitution lies entirely in the determination of each citizen to defend it. Only if every single citizen feels duty bound to do his share in this defense are the constitutional rights secure.”
― Albert Einstein