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NASHVILLE -- After discussion on handguns on campus, the University of Arkansas System board of trustees voted to again disallow concealed-carry at its schools for the 2016-17 academic year.

Act 226 of 2013 allows concealed-carry permit holders to take a concealed handgun onto a public university, college or community college if the permit holder is a staff member there. The law also allows the governing board of the institutions to opt out of the law, disallowing concealed-carry on campus.

If the governing boards go that route, it will expire annually, placing the matter before the board again.

Since the law was enacted, the UA System board has chosen to adopt a policy -- backed by chancellors -- to not allow concealed-carry by staff members in buildings or grounds of a campus.

On Thursday, the issue came before the board as it had the past two years, and Trustee Kelly Eichler of Little Rock said she was concerned with the policy.

"This is more than a majority vote," she said. "This is a constitutional right. It's not just a privilege."

The board voted 7-2 to again opt out, with Eichler and Trustee John Goodson wanting to allow concealed-carry by staff members on campuses.

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  • RobertBolt
    May 27, 2016 at 9:20 a.m.

    Sanity prevails for now.

  • Kharma
    May 27, 2016 at 10:03 a.m.

    I'd carry w/o regard of the policy. Better judged by 12 than carried by 6.

  • hurricane46
    May 27, 2016 at 10:10 a.m.

    Hey prof why did you give me a C on that paper! bam! bam! bam!

  • DontDrinkDatKoolAid
    May 27, 2016 at 10:37 a.m.

    @ hurricane46, your simplification is kind of dumb. If the student in question was going to kill the professor in retaliation for a poor grade, said student would do so without regard to law.

  • mrcharles
    May 27, 2016 at 12:17 p.m.

    Aint America great, we get to pick and choose what we like and dont like from the various bible translations.. or even those who have extra revelations, AND we of course with out natural different and various G-d rights pick and choose which laws we like to follow.

    But many still reserve the right as being from the right side of the aisle , to chastise and bad mouth "others' or as the right concludes those who are not like us in some way [ but mostly minorities of some kind] .

    Besides as tax payers only those on the right can decide what an institution can or cant do, cause you sure cant discriminate against anyone on the right by not allowing them there righties to be able to discriminate against others.

    I would point out there was not injunction against open Carry, nor did I see any prohibition against RPG's-- never know when some jack booted law enforcement person might want you to obey a law [ OMG ] that you dont agree with coming at you with a vehicle [ certainly possible as I see may police cars just driving around LR] or in Case ISIS parachutes a armed vehicle into a campus.

    And yest the student could bring a rabid armadillo or aardvark into class and have it attack the professor. Certainly the news is full of news about these incidents, certainly then making it against the law on guns on campus would not add anything. Let me see I have some real ideas on drugs, embezzlement, DWI, etc.... why have laws in a society with the highest incarceration population in the world. think of all the jobs we can have by more prisons.

    I want to carry my weapon into courthouses, government buildings and missile silos. Why do courts restrict concealed or open carry against our constitution? Even Scalia didnt allow this.

  • DoubleBlind
    May 27, 2016 at 12:40 p.m.

    I applaud the UA system for this ruling. Cooler heads prevail over concealed heat.

  • hurricane46
    May 27, 2016 at 12:58 p.m.

    DontDDKA I don't think it was that dumb, ever been to college?

  • carpenterretired
    May 27, 2016 at 1:23 p.m.

    Well the NRA claims that more guns everywhere results in fewer guns going off and less gun violence, now following NRA logic if everyone ate more beans there would be less flatulence everywhere.

  • DontDrinkDatKoolAid
    May 27, 2016 at 1:40 p.m.

    Been some forty years. Your point?

  • Packman
    May 27, 2016 at 2:06 p.m.

    It's interesting how libs are all for "choice" when it comes to killing an unborn child, but not when someone desires to have the means to defend themselves from bad guys. Just one more reason I'm proud to call myself a conservative.