The following excerpt is from an article that originally appeared on Bearing Arms
State Senator Trent Gardner thinks it should be the shotgun.
Senator Trent Garner
Weekly Update Media
August 15, 2017
The Bowie Knife and the Shotgun Are Part of Arkansas’ Heritage; Let’s Make It Official
In Arkansas we have a wonderful series of official state symbols that reflect our state’s unique character.
Our official state gem is the diamond, because the mines in Murfreesboro are the only place in the nation where the general public can simply walk in and search for diamonds.
Arkansas accounts for more than 40 percent of U.S. rice production, so it’s natural that rice is our official state grain.
From the mockingbird, to the pine tree, to vine ripened pink tomatoes, we often see examples of our official state symbols as we go about our everyday lives.
We’ve designated them as official state symbols in order to show what we value. Wepost was originally published on this site