Baby Steps Towards Campus Carry

TO ALLOW TRAINED AND LICENSED STAFF AND FACULTY TO CARRY A CONCEALED HANDGUN ON A UNIVERSITY, COLLEGE, OR COMMUNITY COLLEGE CAMPUS UNDER CERTAIN CIRCUMSTANCES.
Bill Number HB1243 PDF
Act Number
Status House — Read the first time, rules suspended, read the second time and referred to the Committee on EDUCATION COMMITTEE- HOUSE

5-73-322. Concealed handguns in a university, college, or community college building.
(a) As used in this section:
(1)(A) “Public university, public college, or community college” means an institution that:
(i) Regularly receives budgetary support from the state government;
(ii) Is part of the University of Arkansas or Arkansas State University systems; or

(iii) Is required to report to the Arkansas Higher Education Coordinating Board.
(B) “Public university, public college, or community college” does not include a private university or private college solely because:

(i) Students attending the private university or private college receive state-supported scholarships; or

(ii) The private university or private college voluntarily reports to the Arkansas Higher Education Coordinating Board; and
(2) “Staff member” means a person who is not enrolled as a full-time student at the university, college, or community college and is either employed by the university, college, or community college full time or is on a nine-month or twelve-month appointment at the university, college, or community college as a faculty member.
(b) A licensee may possess a concealed handgun in the buildings and on the grounds, whether owned or leased by a public university, public college, or community college, of the public university, public college, or community college where he or she is employed as a staff member unless otherwise prohibited by § 5-73-306.
(c) A licensee may possess a concealed handgun in the buildings and on the grounds of the private university or private college where he or she is employed unless otherwise prohibited by § 5-73-306 if:
(1) He or she is a staff member; and

(2) The private university or private college does not adopt a policy expressly disallowing the carrying of a concealed handgun in the buildings and on the grounds of the private university or private college and posts notices as described in § 5-73-306(19).
(d) The storage of a handgun in a university or college-operated student dormitory or residence hall is prohibited, under § 5-73-119(c).

This arms college staff. Baby steps. Baby steps.

 

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