“Guns On Campus” Legislation

Arkansas Legislature

After Governor Asa Hutchinson outlined his $5.6 billion budget for fiscal 2019, lawmakers on Monday filed several non-appropriation bills that could turn the legislature’s attention away from the state’s financial business during the 30-day session.

At least two resolutions filed on the first day of the 2018 fiscal session revisit the controversial “guns on campus” legislation that dominated the 91st General Assembly a year ago. During the 2017 regular session, lawmakers passed the state’s new concealed carry law sponsored by Rep. Charlie Collins, R-Fayetteville, which allows for permit holders with enhanced training to have guns on college campuses and an expanded list of public places in Arkansas.

That measure, now Act 562 of 2017, also added last-minute exemptions to keep guns out of sports arenas, the state hospital and the UAMS campus. The new rules went into effect on Sept. 1, but the Arkansas State Police was given an additional 120 days to design the new training requirements for handgun owners looking to obtain the enhanced license to carry their weapons virtually anywhere.   MORE

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