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Concealed carry now allowed on campuses with training

On March 22, the Governor Asa Hutchinson signed House Bill 1249 into law.

Here’s what that means:

HB 1249 went through seven amendments before being signed into law.

The bill basically allows anyone over the age of 25 to carry concealed weapons on college and university campuses provided that they complete a training course. The bill does not allow colleges and universities to opt out.

With the amendments, the bill also includes all other public places. However, places such as the State Capitol and public places that serve alcohol can post signs preventing people from bringing in concealed weapons.

The only places that can opt out of the bill are private institutions.

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