LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas House voted Thursday to require public colleges and universities to allow concealed handguns on campus, a move that comes after no schools opted to do so following a 2013 law that left the concealed carry decision up to them.
The measure approved by the majority-Republican House on a 71-22 vote requires the schools to allow faculty and staff with a concealed handgun license to carry on campus. The proposal now heads to the majority-GOP Senate.
Republican Rep. Charlie Collins, who had proposed the 2013 law leaving the concealed carry decision up to colleges, said making it mandatory would help deter potential mass shooters and would supplement existing campus security.
“I’m recommending to you that we allow faculty and staff who have a concealed carry permit to carry on campus, not to create more gunfights at the O.K. Corral but to deter some of the gunfights that we might otherwise have,” Collins said before the vote.
If it becomes law, Arkansas will join a handful of states mandating schools to allow concealed handguns. Two states, Colorado and Utah, force colleges to allow all permit holders to carry on campus while seven other states require schools to allow concealed …Read the Rest
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