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America’s universities, in similar fashion to our grade schools, have been tackling the concepts of student safety and the Second Amendment in recent years, as their spawning campuses play host to a number of strange confrontations.

You would be hard pressed to find any American, liberal or sane, who believes that our nation’s young people should not be adequately protected while toiling away dutifully in the halls of academia.  The complex and engaging argument that we have been a witness to in recent months has very little to do with that distinction, rather, the nation has been contemplating how best to keep our nation’s youth, and, thusly our nation’s future, out of harm’s way without infringing on our un-infringeable rights.

One such attempt at safety comes to us from Arkansas, where a tightly regulated campus carry law has allowed students in The Natural State to take extra responsibility when it comes to their own well-being.  After an entire year of the newfound freedom, officials in Arkansas have some excellent news to share.

Officials with Arkansas State University, the University of Central Arkansas and the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, explained to lawmakers that the once-controversial new law trimming gun free zones at state-funded colleges and universities for those with a carry permit hasn’t created problems on campus.

“We have not seen an issue yet on campus — I’m gonna knock on some wood here,” saidCapt. Chris Bentley of the University of Central Arkansas Police Department.

The state adopted Act 562 two years ago, prompting 30 pages of proposed rules for the new program drafted by the Arkansas State Police last October. The Arkansas Legislative Council then approved the state’s contentious new enhanced concealed carry program, which mandates increased training to carry in more places.

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For those wondering, the campus carry law in Arkansas isn’t being played loosely at all, as many in the fanatically fervent liberal left would have you believe.

Under the aegis of the program, applicants for an Arkansas CHL could opt for an enhancement granted after 8 hours of additional training including a graded live-fire course that would enable them to carry their handgun on the campus of a public university, college, or community college in the state as well as some other areas currently off-limits to CHL holders. Neighboring Mississippi, a constitutional carry state, has a similar optional enhanced carry endorsement which, after training from a certified instructor, drops the types of gun free zones where a licensed CCW holder is excluded from bringing a gun.

University of Arkansas Chancellor Joseph Steinmetz points out that, while Act 562 will allow campus carry, it only applies to those with the enhancement, only covers concealed carry, and that other state laws prohibit the storage of guns in university facilities including residence halls. However, they may be stored in locked unattended vehicles on campus.

A similar bit of legislation has been enacted in Texas as well, with Lone Star State officials announcing that they too had received no complaints of issue with the protective ordinance.

 

 

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