Governor To Sign Bill Allowing Professors To Carry Handguns On Campus

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FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) – Gov. Asa Hutchinson will sign the bill allowing faculty and staff at colleges and universities to carry concealed handguns on campus, his spokesman said Monday (March 2).

Upon final legislative approval, the governor will sign the bill, said J.R. Davis, spokesman.

House Bill 1077, dubbed the professor-carry bill, was approved in the House on Monday by a 66-25 vote. It now moves to the Senate for consideration.

“I’m happy that professor carry passed the House, moving us one step closer to helping further protect our loved ones on campus,” the bill’s prime sponsor, Rep. Charlie Collins, R-Fayetteville, said Monday.

The bill would allow universities and colleges to require 16 hours of active-shooter training for licensed faculty and staff who want to carry a concealed handgun on campus. This training would be in addition to what all Arkansans receive in obtaining a concealed-carry license. However, university and college boards would have to vote in favor of the additional training for that requirement to take effect.

After his professor-carry bill stalled last month in the House Education Committee, Collins amended the measure, allowing universities and colleges to vote on requiring additional training. The amended version was then approved in the education committee.

Current state law allows a college or university board of trustees to opt out of allowing faculty and staff to carry concealed handguns.

HB1077 would not allow universities and colleges to opt out of the professor-carry law.

 

21 comments

  • Sean

    Leaving school security to an untrained and likely stressed out social studies teacher is a recipe for disaster.

    You’re talking like $35,000 a year for a trained security officer…I guess that’s way too much money to ask for protecting a few kids.

    But hey, I’ll leave the lawmaking to the educated legislature, I’m sure it’ll turn out ok.

    • Hallett Newman

      So why some gunman is shooting students and staff, you feel it better to wait for the police to show up. Would you still agree with that if you or a member of your family was on campus that day? BTW, the police have NO legal obligation to protect you or your family.

  • Curtis Cotton

    “The bill would allow universities and colleges to require 16 hours of active-shooter training for licensed faculty and staff who want to carry a concealed handgun on campus. ”

    Sounds fair to me. Training done by local PD that have this type of training.

    • atc8824

      You will buy my insurance and if not you will pay dearly and maybe even go to debtors prison.That isn’t control right.I am selling candles wanna buy one all well I am gonna make you buy one anyway even if you cant afford my candle.Liberal logic smh!

    • T.R.E.

      Exactly! What happened to less government? It’s getting ridiculous. More discrimination and more guns. I’m sure the next republican presidential front runner will run on that agenda.

    • Rich7553

      Local control of a constitutionally protected right? How would you feel if your city council meetings permitted no public comment? Would you agree to local police arresting those who disagreed with the mayor? The Second Amendment is no less worthy than the First.

      • Mark

        Let’s go back to the 1700s again.. Usual republican logic.. Do you have the right to bear arms.. Yes.. Do you also have certain locations that prohibit firearms? Schools.. Liquor stores..etc.. If this is such a great idea then why did every single school or college opt out of this law the last few years? Are you a school administrator? If not.. I think you defer to the people that run the schools.. As they are much more informed than the lay person such as yourself..

      • Rich7553

        @MARK

        Why do many college administrators oppose it? The same reasons you do – ideological prejudice, intellectual laziness, and intentional ignorance.

        Facts are –

        Licensees only, must be 21 except servicemembers, background checked, fingerprinted, photographed, and trained.

        Licensees are more law-abiding than the general population, especially when it comes to firearms. In over a quarter century of data on over 2.7 million licensees, only 0.006% have had their licenses revoked for a crime involving a firearm and only 0.3% have been revoked for any reason whatsoever.

        On over 200 campuses in seven other states which allow licensed carry, not a single crime involving a licensee has occurred.

        Although the threat of a spree shooting is virtually nil, a violent crime (homicide, aggravated assault, forcible sexual assault, robbery, and arson) occurs on a Florida campus more than once each and every calendar day of the year. 392 violent crimes in 2013 ON CAMPUS, according to the US Department of Education campus crime database.

        Neither the college/university nor law enforcement have any legal responsibility for the security of anyone on campus. The Virginia Supreme Court dismissed the wrongful death lawsuit of the Virginia Tech families saying the university had made no special contract or agreement with each student. The US Supreme Court ruled years ago that law enforcement have no duty

      • Rich7553

        @MARK

        Why do many college administrators oppose it? The same reasons you do – ideological prejudice, intellectual laziness, and intentional ignorance.

        Facts are –

        Licensees only, must be 21 except servicemembers, background checked, fingerprinted, photographed, and trained.

        Licensees are more law-abiding than the general population, especially when it comes to firearms. In over a quarter century of data on over 2.7 million licensees, only 0.006% have had their licenses revoked for a crime involving a firearm and only 0.3% have been revoked for any reason whatsoever.

        On over 200 campuses in seven other states which allow licensed carry, not a single crime involving a licensee has occurred.

        Although the threat of a spree shooting is virtually nil, a violent crime (homicide, aggravated assault, forcible sexual assault, robbery, and arson) occurs on a Florida campus more than once each and every calendar day of the year. 392 violent crimes in 2013 ON CAMPUS, according to the US Department of Education campus crime database.

        Neither the college/university nor law enforcement have any legal responsibility for the security of anyone on campus. The Virginia Supreme Court dismissed the wrongful death lawsuit of the Virginia Tech families saying the university had made no special contract or agreement with each student. The US Supreme Court ruled years ago that law enforcement has no duty to protect any individual, and cannot be held liable should they fail. So the two biggest opposing groups have no legal responsibility for the safety of anyone on campus.

      • Hallett Newman

        Per Mark: “As they are much more informed than the lay person such as yourself..”

        Actually they are not, they are much more politically correct though. That will get some one killed to.

    • T.R.E.

      I don’t think these shooters are thinking clearly to begin with. I believe most of them want to die any and I think most of these shooters are either killed or commit suicide during these school shootings. So, why would professors having guns deter them from opening fire on students?

      • Rich7553

        Every spree shooter in the last several decades with few if any exception have either surrendered or committed suicide upon the first arrival of armed resistance. Deter? Maybe. Stop? Certainly.

      • Hallett Newman

        PER Rich – “Every spree shooter in the last several decades with few if any exception have either surrendered or committed suicide upon the first arrival of armed resistance. Deter? Maybe. Stop? Certainly.”

        EXACTLY, NOW you know why people want ARMED RESISTANCE on scene, not 5 to 15 mins and how many more bodys away.

  • STEPcoach

    Thank you, Governor, for allowing the citizens of Arkansas to be able to bear arms to protect ourselves, rather than being known defenseless sitting ducks (sitting Docs?) in a tight, closed classroom. You’re doing what you promised. Thank you.

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