No gun troubles yet, say Arkansas colleges; lawmakers hear mixed opinions
Guns on Arkansas college campuses haven’t caused any notable problems during the first semester they’ve been allowed, a variety of administrators from the state’s largest universities said at a legislative hearing Thursday on campus safety.
Still, some campus law enforcement officials and lawmakers remain concerned about the pitfalls of allowing firearms at universities and inside dorm rooms.
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The college semester now winding down is the first since state firearms instructors began offering courses for the new enhanced concealed-carry licenses. The permits — created by Act 562 of 2017 — allow guns to be toted at public colleges and other public places previously off limits.
“We have not seen an issue yet on campus — I’m gonna knock on some wood here,” Capt. Chris Bentley of the University of Central Arkansas Police Department told lawmakers on Thursday.