Arkansas Bill Would Allow Concealed Guns at College Sports Events
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The University of Arkansas' Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium has always been a tough place to play, but it looks like it could become a lot more intimidating.
Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R) signed a sweeping gun rights measure into law on Wednesday that will allow concealed handguns at some bars, government buildings, the state Capitol and state colleges.
The new law, which will take effect on September 1, allows someone to carry concealed handguns at the locations if they undergo up to eight hours of active-shooter training.
“This bill, in my view, reflects the will of the General Assembly and is constitutional and will balance public safety and the Second Amendment,” Hutchinson said about the law.
However, the Arkansas Senate voted 22-10 Thursday to add an exemption to the law that would exclude sporting events from the areas where concealed carry would be allowed.
The bill now moves to the House.
Although the law will go into effect later this year, it’s unlikely Arkansas residents will be able to carry weapons into the newly-approved locations until 2018.
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