In the wake of the school shooting at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., several well-known businesses have taken action on their own.
Among the most controversial were decisions by Dick's Sporting Goods and Walmart to restrict gun sales to those over age 21.
The new policies have created some backlash from pro-gun consumers, who contend the stores are infringing on Second Amendment rights. One Oregon man, age 20, has filed a lawsuit against both stores charging just that, as state law allows rifle and shotgun sales to those 18 and over.
But supporters say the stores, as private businesses, should be allowed to determine their own sales policies, including whether to sell guns at all or setting an age limit.
We want to know what you think. Should private retailers be allowed to restrict gun sales to those over 21 even if state law allows sales to younger persons? Or is that an infringement on the right to bear arms?
Send your response (50 words maximum) to email@example.com by Wednesday, March 14. You can also mail your response to the Texarkana Gazette Friday Poll, at P.O. Box 621, Texarkana, TX 75504 or drop it off at our office, 101 E. Broad St., Texarkana, Ark. Be sure to include your name, address and phone number. We will print as many responses as we can in next Friday's paper.
Last Week: Drinking Hours?
Last week's question was about extending legal liquor-by-the-drink sale in Texarkana, Texas, from the current midnight cutoff until 2 a.m., the same time as on the Arkansas side. Should Texas-side establishments be able to compete with those on the Arkansas side by serving alcohol until 2 a.m.? Or should the current midnight closing time remain?
I say no on extending drinking hours on the Texas side. My family still suffers from the death of my dad, who was driving drunk. Drinking also creates problems that end in divorces, abuses, loss of jobs and health issues. Join me and vote NO!—J.L.T., Texarkana, Texas
Since I'm not a big drinker, I shouldn't give my opinion. But I will. I'm a smoker and I can't smoke in a restaurant, so I smoke outside and then I drive and go home. However if you drink at a bar or restaurant, some people will then drive and possibly have an accident and kill them self or someone else. So now you want to increase the drinking hours in Texas. I'm against it.—J.B., Texarkana, Ark.