LITTLE ROCK — A bill to allow Arkansans with concealed handgun permits to carry their weapons openly stalled in a House committee Tuesday.

House Bill 1408 by Rep. Sue Scott, R-Rogers, received 9 votes, two votes short of an endorsement by the 20-member House Judiciary Committee. Eight members voted against it.

The committee rejected the bill after approving an amendment that would limit open carry to rural, unincorporated areas.

Col. Stan Witt, the state police director, spoke against the measure.