Steve D. Jones, chairman of Arkansas Carry, made the comment to the Arkansas News Bureau after being told by the director of the state Department of Higher Education that a 2003 attorney general’s opinion said colleges and universities could legally ban all concealed weapons from their campuses as long as signs are posted. Jones said he believes the opinion issued by then-Attorney General Mike Beebe incorrectly includes universities or colleges in the concealed carry law’s definition of “entities” that can put up signage. The Legislature meant for the term to include only private businesses, Jones said.
Jones said he has talked to numerous lawmakers, and a number of them were “very positive” about allowing adult students who have had FBI background checks and have concealed carry permits to take concealed weapons into classrooms.
How, exactly, allowing students, professors, and staff to carry concealed guns on campus might improve anything remains unclear.