Most Arkansas Schools Opting Out Of Campus Gun Law

May 19, 2013

So far, no Arkansas colleges or universities are permitting faculty and staff to carry concealed handguns on campus.

A law approved in the just-completed legislative session allows higher education institutions to decide whether to allow the weapons.

At least nine colleges and universities have voted to opt out of the new law.

Trustees for the University of Arkansas and Arkansas State University systems are scheduled to vote Thursday on allowing guns.

A spokesman for ASU said chancellors from the system's four campuses have all recommended against allowing the concealed weapons.

UA System President Donald Bobbitt declined to say what he'd recommend to his board, but indicated that the consensus among campus leaders is leaning against allowing firearms for teachers and staff.