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ASG Opposes Bill to Allow Guns on Campus

February 15, 2017

The Arkansas Traveler

Mary Grace Hathaway

February 14, 2017

The concealed carry bill, House Bill 1249, will change UA gun regulations, and the Associated Student Government passed a resolution on Feb. 1 echoing the chancellor’s disagreement with the bill. “The state of Arkansas has previously allowed institutions to determine for themselves if they will allow Campus Carry,” according to the resolution passed at the ASG Senate meeting. This upcoming bill would change that self determination, often called local control, and make faculty and staff able to carry guns at all universities in Arkansas, provided that they have a concealed carry permit.

The bill is likely to pass, ASG President Connor Flocks said. Despite concern from students at the UofA and other Arkansas colleges, there is a larger group beyond the universities that is in favor of the bill. “You have the right to express your voice and there’s power in putting on (the) record how you feel,” even when it is unlikely to change the outcome, Flocks said. ASG will not do anything to protest the bill besides passing the resolution, Flocks said.

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