LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A proposal mandating Arkansas colleges and universities allow concealed handguns on campus would be expanded to include some students and visitors, if they undergo training, under a compromise struck Monday by lawmakers and the governor.
Supporters of the campus guns measure, the head of the Senate Judiciary Committee and Gov. Asa Hutchinson said they agreed to language that would allow anyone 25 and older with a state concealed handgun license to carry if they’ve undergone up to 16 hours of active shooter training.
The initial version of the bill would have required the schools to allow faculty and staff with a state concealed handgun license to carry, but the Senate tacked on a training requirement that the measure’s supporters opposed. Campus gun supporters say the new language addresses their concerns that the training would have limited the number of people who could carry on campus.
“We’ll give people good training for two days, but we’re also opening it up for more people to protect themselves,” Republican Sen. Trent Garner, a co-sponsor of the campus guns measure, told reporters.
A 2013 law leaves the decision on whether to allow faculty and staff to carry concealed guns to the schools, but …Read the Rest
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