Arkansas Open Carry Attorney General Opinion

Arkansas Open Carry Attorney General Opinion


Arkansas’ Attorney General Leslie Rutledge recently released an opinion that states legal gun owners can carry their guns on their person or in their vehicle so long as they were not violating other laws or regulations or planning on using the gun in an unlawful manner. Following changes in Arkansas’ weapon-carry statute in 2013, there has been some debate as to whether Arkansas was now an open carry state. With this latest opinion, which was requested in June of this year, legal Arkansas gun owners can carry their weapons openly without fear of prosecution – at least in theory, and with a few important qualifications. Continue reading

The Supreme Court Decision On Lethal Injection Drug

The Supreme Court Decision On Controversial Lethal Injection Drug


In April we wrote about the death penalty in Arkansas and the debate on its efficacy as both a punishment and a deterrent for crime. In that post we mentioned capital punishment was on hold in Oklahoma over concerns one of the drugs used in the lethal injection process was failing to properly mask the pain the inmate goes through during the execution. The Oklahoma case made its way to the Supreme Court, and since the Supreme Court decision will play a role in the death penalty debate in Arkansas, we wanted to write a brief follow-up. Continue reading

Arkansas Business Power Breakfast: Women Business Leaders

Arkansas Business Power Breakfast: Women Business Leaders


Studies regularly find that companies that employ women in leadership positions see increased profits and reduced interpersonal challenges. Yet we continue to see women earning lower wages than men for the same work, and leadership around the country remains disproportionately male. Many women in business struggle to find appropriate mentors and create the professional network they need, limiting resources that speak to their specific situation or challenges in and out of the workplace. Continue reading

Should There Be Board Oversight on Walmart’s Sale of High-Capacity Magazines?

Should There Be Board Oversight on Walmart’s Sale of High-Capacity Magazines?


Should Walmart sell high-capacity magazines and firearms? That’s a question Trinity Wall Street church in Manhattan believes shareholders have a right to decide. And, last year, U.S. District Judge Leonard Stark supported that view.

The issue was raised by Trinity under the argument that high-capacity magazines are “especially dangerous to the public,” and therefore against Walmart policy and appropriate for a shareholder vote. Continue reading

Should Arkansas Bring Back the Death Penalty

An Arkansas House panel recently endorsed a bill that would restart executions in Arkansas after nearly a decade without. The panel’s decision is not surprising when we consider that it supports the views of the people. While overall public opinion is starting to change, according to a Gallup poll, nearly 2 of every 3 Americans are still in favor of the death penalty as a response to convicted murder.

So what would executions look like if they did return to Arkansas? And, public opinion or not, does bringing back capital punishment in Arkansas accomplish the goals its proponents claim? Continue reading

Click It or Ticket – Traffic Laws & Tickets

Click It or Ticket Traffic Laws & Enforcement

Traffic tickets have a way of ruining your day. Rolling through stop signs, rushing to catch the yellow light, turning without a turn signal – all of these actions create additional risk of accidents with other cars or pedestrians. And even if you obey all of the rules of the road, you would be hard pressed to go a single day – or even a single drive – without seeing someone break a traffic law.

No matter how careful you are when you drive there will be times when other cars on the road simply aren’t where they should be. Maybe the driver was texting, or maybe a bee stung them in the cheek. Continue reading

What Small Businesses Can Learn from Walmart’s Recent Discrimination Suit Settlement

Anyone who owns or operates a business is – or should be – well aware of the legal risks they face on a daily basis. Material quality, service contracts, missed shipments, faulty goods, copyrights, and employment decisions are just a few of the potential areas where a business can face increased expenses, negative media, and lost revenue.

The trick is balancing the legal difficulties with smart and fair practices, contacts in business law, and a little bit of positive marketing – all steps even the smallest of small businesses can take. Continue reading

Healthcare Deadline is Here!

[originally posted December 23, 2013]

Here at Roberds Law Firm we have tried to help keep you informed on Arkansas healthcare laws and grants. We recently posted on another grant approved in Arkansas, bringing the total to over $50 million for programs and personnel designed to help you learn more about and sign up for the federal health care exchange.

Today is the last day you can sign up for federal and state health care exchanges if you want insurance coverage beginning January 1, 2014. If you struggle to sign up due to high demand and website traffic, you will be able to register Tuesday, December 24, but you should still attempt to sign up on the 23rd.  Continue reading

More Healthcare Grants Approved

[originally posted December 23, 2013]

Debate continues to rage on the Affordable Care Act and the health care exchange, and the answers to your questions may be difficult to find with online research alone. Not because there is a dearth of information, but because a great deal of what you find is incomplete, uninformed, slanted, or simply untrue. And even if you find accurate, complete information, understanding America’s healthcare system remains a daunting task. Continue reading