NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - The Pulaski Technical College Board of Trustees unanimously voted Monday, June 2, to continue a policy that bans college employees from carrying guns on campus.
The policy relates to Act 226, enacted by the State Legislature in March 2013. The act amended several sections of the Arkansas Code dealing with possession of handguns on public property, including college campuses. It established four criteria for concealed carry to be implemented on a college campus: 1) The individual must have a concealed handgun license and 2) be an employee of the college; 3) The institution must have no policy expressly disallowing staff possession of a concealed gun; and 4) The college must post written notice if it has a prohibitory policy.
Pulaski Tech's Board of Trustees voted June 10, 2013, to opt out of the statute, which effectively banned employees from carrying concealed handguns on campus.
Colleges that have "opt-out" policies must revisit their policy yearly; otherwise, the policy expires and becomes ineffective. Last year, all Arkansas colleges and universities voted to "opt-out" of the provision, and many are currently reviewing their policies.
PTC President Margaret Ellibee recommended the college continue to opt-out because PTC has a Police and Public Safety department that employs 14 certified police officers.
Pulaski Technical College is a comprehensive two-year college that serves the educational needs of central Arkansas through more than 88 occupational/technical degree and certificate programs, a university-transfer curriculum and specialized programs for business and industry. The college's mission is to provide access to high quality education that promotes student learning, to enable individuals to develop to their fullest potential and to support the economic development of the state.