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Mon June 3, 2013

Hot Springs Community College Opts Out Of Gun Law

An aerial view of the National Park Community College campus in Hot Springs.
An aerial view of the National Park Community College campus in Hot Springs.
Credit npcc.edu / National Park Community College

National Park Community College is the latest school to say no to concealed handguns on campus.

The board of trustees for the Hot Springs community college decided last month to opt out of the state law, though the official policy won't be adopted until the board's next meeting.

The Legislature passed a law this year allowing faculty and staff with concealed carry permits to bring the weapons on campus. The law contains a provision allowing schools to opt out.

National Park Community College President Sally Carder tells The Sentinel-Record that school officials discussed the issue for months and decided to opt out based on recommendations from local law enforcement.

Last month, the University of Arkansas and Arkansas State University systems voted to opt out of the new law.