Arkansas lawmakers green-light rules for expanded concealed carry measure
By Chris Eger
University of Arkansas officials point out that, while Act 562 will allow campus carry, it only applies to those with the enhancement, only covers concealed carry, and that other state laws prohibit the storage of guns in university facilities including residence halls. (Photo: University of Arkansas)
The Arkansas Legislative Council last week approved the state’s contentious new enhanced concealed carry program, which mandates increased training to carry in more places.
The body, which works through problems with legislation when lawmakers are not in session, moved forward with Act 562 which passed earlier in the year prompting 30-pages of proposed rules for the new program drafted by the Arkansas State Police in October.
“I am pleased the ASP rules for implementing Act 562 were reviewed and approved by the ALC today,” said the law’s sponsor, state Rep. Charlie Collins. “The steady, thoughtful and successful implementation of the law continues in timely fashion.”
Collins argues the expanded carry option, open to the state’s 225,000 Concealed Handgun License holders, will “deter crazy killers from murdering our loved ones on AR college campuses.”
Under the aegis of the program, applicants for an Arkansas CHL could opt for an enhancement granted after 8-hours of additional training including a graded live-fire