Campus Carry Bill Approved by Ark. Panel

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Arkansas Campus Carry Bill Approved

 A bill forcing state universities to allow staff members to bring guns on campus was approved Tuesday by a panel of lawmakers.

Opponents of the bill flooded the hearing, but that did not stop legislators from voting to support it.

State Rep. Charlie Collins, (R) Fayetteville, has been on this crusade for several years now, and this time he believes he has the votes. He says his aim is deterring mass shootings on campus, but opponents say it will actually made things more dangerous.

Collins started off the hearing by reading off a list of mass shootings on campuses across the country.
    
His proposal would force public colleges and universities to allow faculty and staff to bring their guns to work. Current law allows the employees with conceal carry permits to have guns with the permission of the institution’s board of trustees. Since the law was passed in 2013, guns have been blocked on every campus in the state.

“I have children at Arkansas colleges,” Collins said. “My goal is protecting our loved ones on college campuses.”

During the hearing, the chief of the University of Arkansas Police Department gave an impassioned explanation about the dangers of so called campus carry bills. He says conceal carry permit holders do not have enough training to make them an asset during active shooter situations.
    
In fact, he said, the employee would be more likely to shoot an innocent victim if the law passes.
    
The bill did pass a house committee. It will likely be before the full house later this week. If it passes, it will then head to the senate for consideration.

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