Arkansas universities report no problems after first semester of campus carry
By Chris Eger
University of Arkansas officials, as well as those from other colleges in the state, said the first semester of campus carry went off without an issue. (Photo: University of Arkansas)
With a full semester of the state’s new campus carry law in the rear view colleges and universities in Arkansas have little trouble to report.
Officials with Arkansas State University, the University of Central Arkansas and the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, explained to lawmakers that the once-controversial new law trimming gun free zones at state-funded colleges and universities for those with a carry permit hasn’t created problems on campus.
“We have not seen an issue yet on campus — I’m gonna knock on some wood here,” said Capt. Chris Bentley of the University of Central Arkansas Police Department.
The state adopted Act 562 two years ago, prompting 30 pages of proposed rules for the new program drafted by the Arkansas State Police last October. The Arkansas Legislative Council then approved the state’s contentious new enhanced concealed carry program, which mandates increased training to carry in more places.
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 course