This morning’s Education Committee meeting will focus on a special order of business: to allow trained and licensed staff and faculty to carry a concealed handgun on a university, college, or community college campus under certain circumstances.
The bill, sponsored by Fayetteville Representative Charlie Collins, and co-sponsored by a handful of legislators across the state, has received quite a bit of attention in the last week, including a substantial amount of opposition from some of the institutions of higher education that would be affected by the bill.
A number of forums have been held over the weekend to discuss the bill. At a forum in Northwest Arkansas, lawmakers stated that they thought the bill would have to undergo changes before passing. One new development is that Collins may now be adding an amendment to allow campuses to opt in or out of the law, should the bill pass.
We’ll keep you posted on what happens here on the blog and also on Twitter.