Campus carry bill passes in Ark. Senate, heads back to House

Changes made to campus carry bill

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - The campus carry bill was pulled from the Judiciary committee on Thursday and the Senate passed the bill after a seventh amendment was added to it.

Introduced by Representative Charlie Collins (R-Fayetteville), the bill has faced strong opposition along the way, but after several amendments, the Senate voted for the measure by a vote of 18 for and 9 against.

Before passing the bill, the Associated Press said the Senate voted 21-8 to amend it. Previously, the measure allowed anyone 25 or older with a concealed carry license to carry on campus if they went to 16 hours of active shooter training.

The newest amendment removed the age barrier while also decreasing the training requirement to eight hours and expanded where concealed handguns would be allowed.

The amendment would allow concealed carry license holders to carry not only on a college campus, but would include some bars and state buildings such as the Capitol.

The amended version has the support of the National Rifle Association and Republican Governor Asa Hutchinson. It now goes back to the House to vote on the new amendments.

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