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— A House panel has advanced legislation that would allow faculty and staff at Arkansas’ colleges and universities to carry concealed handguns.

The House Education Committee on Tuesday approved a proposal by Republican Rep. Charlie Collins of Fayetteville to allow the concealed weapons on public college campuses. Collins says he plans to amend the proposal to allow public colleges and universities to opt out of allowing the weapons and revisit the issue annually.

The opt-out provision would let the schools make the decisions for specific campuses and buildings. His proposal already includes an opt-out provision for private colleges and universities.

The measure, which now heads to the House, is among several aimed at loosening state gun laws that legislators are considering after Republicans won the House and Senate last year.

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  • aimee
    February 12, 2013 at 11:37 a.m.

    Are guns the ONLY thing that these Republican wing-nuts think about..???

    February 12, 2013 at 12:08 p.m.

    This is a good move on the part of the Arkansas legislature. Good job, keep working for the people that elected you.

  • T6
    February 12, 2013 at 12:14 p.m.

    No Aimless.. Actually most times WE think about FREEDOM or the lack there of, RIGHTS or the lack there of, LIBERTY or the lack there of, from the CREATOR and the infringement of politicians on ALL of those.

  • rainbowharold55
    February 12, 2013 at 1:05 p.m.

    Let's just arm every nut in the state. Oh, I think we did! What's next? Mandatory gun ownership? The NRA must be so proud of our Ledge!

  • aimee
    February 12, 2013 at 1:09 p.m.

    Gun = Freedom
    How S-A-D..!!!!

  • wolfman
    February 12, 2013 at 7:10 p.m.

    guns guns this all lawmakers can think about. gee whiz. there are more important issues. I swear folks have gone gun crazy. The government should just give every citizen a gun so we can carry it around in the open everywhere. now that would be complete freedom.

  • NoCrossNoCrown
    February 12, 2013 at 11:36 p.m.

    Yes Virgina, the wingnuts have taken control of the ledge.....#OneSadDayInArkansas

  • FreeSpiritMan
    February 13, 2013 at 12:01 a.m.

    T6, Tod Akin, Richard Mourdock , three peas in a pod, right next to Jason Rapert. You guys are doing your best to keep the GOP from winning national elections, and it's working. The rest of the country knows the South is not relevaant any more in national elections but they look to places like Arkansas to re enforce their reason for voting democratic.