Arkansas Signs College Faculty Concealed Gun Carry Into Law… New Push for Statewide Open Carry Bill

Jan Morgan

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Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe has signed House Bill 1243 into law!
As introduced by state Representative Charlie Collins (R-84), HB 1243 sought to allow staff and faculty of a public university, public college or community college, to carry a concealed handgun in the buildings of the institutions where they are employed if they have a valid Concealed Handgun Carry License (CHCL). It would also remove the absolute prohibition on CHCL holders carrying into the buildings of a private college or university. Private universities and colleges would still be permitted to establish their own restrictions on CHCL holders.

While this bill was amended in the House Education Committee to provide public colleges and universities the same ability to establish restrictions as private institutions, it remains a pro-gun reform that the NRA supports. HB 1243 is not as broad as when it was introduced, but still represents a clear improvement over the current absolute prohibition on carrying by CHCL holders on university and college campuses.

Arkansas gun owners are now asked to contact their legislators and encourage them to act on House Bill 1408.
HB 1408 is a common sense pro-gun reform that would simply add open carry to the methods by which a current Concealed Handgun Carry License (CHCL) holder may carry his personal protection handgun. While most license holders would likely continue to discreetly carry their handguns concealed , HB 1408 would eliminate any potential problems a license holder may encounter should a concealed firearm accidentally become exposed. It would also allow licensees to remove a jacket during hot weather without running afoul of the current concealed carry statute, should that action cause a handgun to become exposed.

Unfortunately, HB 1408 failed to get the necessary votes to be reported by the House Judiciary Committee—but could be heard again in the future!
If you support HB 1408, contact your House Judiciary Committee and urge them to support passage of this bill and oppose any efforts that will create restrictive and unnecessary regulations for open carrying.

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    Open Carry works great in North Carolina. We have concealed carry also,so this takes care of the accidentially exposed problem… Wake up Arkansas

  • One thing at a time perhaps. We will win if it has to be a single step or a giant leap. In the end you will have states that are lawful and those that are not. Those that are not will not be worth living in.

  • dave

    I hope Arkansas will pass these bills, and hope Texas does the same, an armed society is a polite society

  • Joe1938

    Now that the little kids in collage are safer, how about those big kids in pre-school through K12? When will they be safer?


    According to the Arkansas State Police, any one over the age of 65 yoa can not carry a concealed firearm in the State of Arkansas! This is a violation of federal law 18usc926. Texas is working to make Texas an open carry state. I hope it works, and soon…

  • gutterfalcon

    obumo is probably throwing a Tantrum stomping & crying like a little kid about now.

  • Rick

    Arkansas, can Tennessee borrow your state legislators when you’re not using them?

  • dalek1967

    According to the last little bit, this bill failed. Why do they put a headline on it as if it was already passed and signed?

    “Unfortunately, HB 1408 failed to get the necessary votes to be reported
    by the House Judiciary Committee—but could be heard again in the future!”

  • HappyClinger

    The 2nd Amendment says “the right to keep AND BEAR arms shall not be infringed.” “Bear” means CARRY. This is still an unconstitutional restriction. There should be no law needed to establish the legality for carrying a gun anywhere; we already have one and it’s called the 2nd Amendment!!