House Speaker Davy Carter (R-Cabot) seems ready to move beyond social issues and into budget matters in the current legislative session.

Speaking to reporters on Wednesday, Carter appeared frustrated that state lawmakers continue to file bills related to gun and pro-life issues, which have dominated the first 6 weeks of the session. This week, Rep. Sue Scott (R-Rogers) filed HB 1408, an “open carry” law that would let properly-licensed citizens wear guns in numerous public places.

By Thursday, his email inbox filled up quickly with hundreds of negative comments. On Friday, Carter offered more comments on the subject in his afternoon press conference.

Fox 16’s David Goins reports:

“To suggest that I’m some anti second amendment legislator is just absurd,” Carter said Friday.

But Carter found his twitter feed littered with terms like “elitist progressive” “anti-self defense”, and perhaps the biggest dig for a Republican, “liberal.”

“People in this state want somebody to tell them what they think regardless of all this party stuff and I’m going to tell you what I think,” Carter told Fox 16. “If it makes Democrats mad or Republicans mad, I don’t care.”

You can access Goins’ full report at this link.

 

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