by BigJim Jenness
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The state of Arkansas has been working for a few years on getting a bill for right to carry on public university campuses. The state Senate just voted on adding a Active Shooter Training requirement to allow college faculty and staff to be able to carry on-campus.
The Senate voted 22-10 to add the amendment proposed by Sen. Jeremy Hutchinson, R-Little Rock, to House Bill 1249 by Rep. Charlie Collins, R-Fayetteville, the day after the Senate Judiciary Committee rejected a similar amendment that Hutchinson proposed. The bill was amended over the opposition of Sen. Trent Garner, R-El Dorado, who is the bill’s sponsor in the Senate.
The Senator that originally proposed the bill would like for it to apply to anyone who has a concealed carry permit, not just faculty and staff.
The original bill, passed in 2013, has an opt-out clause and all of the South Carolina public universities have opted out. This may sound like a defeat of this bill but I think this is as it should be. Even though no one has chosen as of now to utilize this bill, it still gives universities the freedom to utilize it if they wish. And I believe someone in the future will see the wisdom of opting into this bill, and others will soon follow.
It is a way to give the most freedom without coercion.