Harding University Opts Out Of Concealed-Carry Law

May 16, 2013

Harding University has opted out of a state law that allows faculty and staff members to carry concealed guns on campus.

Harding spokesman David Crouch says the private school already has a no-weapons policy in place in campus. He says the school's board of trustees voted to continue that long-standing policy and not allow any weapons on campus.

Crouch tells The Daily Citizen that the policy is in effect for Harding's campuses in Searcy, North Little Rock, Rogers and Memphis, Tenn.

The board made the vote after the university's Faculty Welfare Committee, Department of Public Safety and another school committee recommended opting out.

Several Arkansas colleges and universities have opted out of the new law, passed this year by the Legislature.