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posted Mar 24, 2017, 7:48 AM by PHS Warrior Beat

By: Caleb Abbott

    A large argument throughout the US

 today, is whether or not many states should have either concealed carry laws or even open laws. Arkansas is already a concealed carry state, however they

are trying now to fight for the ability to be able to concealed carry within a college sporting event. As of now, citizens are not able to.

    Fox News reports “The Arkansas Senate voted 22-10 to add the exemption to a new state law that Gov. Asa Hutchinson signed Wednesday allowing concealed handguns at colleges, government buildings, some bars and even the state Capitol. It allows people with concealed handgun licenses to carry in the locations if they complete eight hours of active-shooter training.”

    The bill is now headed to the House. The bill will also excuse University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and the state hospital from the gun rights expansion.

    As of right now, legally carrying citizens will be able to carry their concealed handguns into Razorback Stadium, while umbrellas are still banned.

    Fox News writes “The law takes effect Sept. 1, but Arkansas residents likely won't be allowed to carry concealed weapons into the expanded locations until early next year. The law gives Arkansas State Police until January to design the additional training that will be required. More than 220,000 people have concealed handgun licenses in Arkansas”

    "The unique environment of a teaching hospital makes it reasonable to exempt UAMS, and the other exception for college sporting events addresses the concerns expressed by many Arkansans. Because these appear to be reasonable exceptions, I will support these amendments," the Republican governor Hutchinson said in support of the bill.

    Originally the bill was only supposed to be for faculty and staff to concealed carry on campuses. However, the bill expanded as it hit “roadblocks” in the legislature.

    Fox News reports “The National Rifle Association, which backed the expanded gun rights law, said it opposed the efforts to add new exemptions and said it would pressure the House Judiciary Committee to kill the Senate-backed measure.”

    "We support the original legislation as signed into law," NRA spokesman Lars Dalseide said in an email. "People should have the constitutional right to self-defense wherever they are legally allowed to be."

    The bill will also ensure that the UAMS exemption wouldn't exempt any other college campuses with medical facilities or clinics from the concealed guns law.

    This is taking another step towards keeping our country and states safer. It is a fact that states that allow their citizens to carry have a lower crime rate. The more the US works towards keeping law-abiding citizens safe, the better.


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