UA Students Defeat Campus Gun Resolution
University of Arkansas students defeated a gun resolution supporting concealed-carry on campus at a student government meeting Tuesday night, while re-emphasizing the campus as a gun-free zone.
For about two hours, students took turns debating gun resolutions being considered by the UA student government. A resolution submitted by Sen. Joe Youngblood expressed support for the ability to conceal-carry firearms on campus, while another resolution, authored by Sen. Autumn Lewis, sought to re-establish the campus as a gun-free zone, opposing concealed carry.
A student vote defeated Youngblood’s pro-concealed-carry resolution while supporting Lewis’ anti-guns-on-campus resolution. The resolutions were not legally binding.
The student vote came one day after state Rep. Charlie Collins announced his state Legislature bill proposing university staff be able to conceal-carry handguns on college campuses would undergo a major revision, namely allowing colleges to opt out of the legislation.
Lewis said her resolution followed common sense and that students should leave deadly force up to police in a crisis.
It is clear to police that the person “with the gun is the bad guy. The people without guns are the good guys,” she said.
Lewis said allowing guns on the UA campus could make the school more dangerous.
Youngblood said keeping the campus a gun-free zone does not stop people from carrying guns into UA buildings. He also sought to shoot down what he called misconceptions about concealed carry.
“No scientific study, as per the National Academy of Sciences, shows that concealed-carry causes any increase in violence in society. It doesn’t make campus more dangerous,” he told 5NEWS the day before the student vote.
The student meeting followed a weekend of legislative forums in which guns-on-campus was a major talking point. A UA student accidentally shot himself in the hand with a revolver Friday at the KUAF radio station, a campus building. His last listing showed him in good condition at Washington Regional Medical Center in Fayetteville.