Arkansas House passes exemption to ban concealed firearms at college athletic events

By Gabrielle McMillen 31 March 2017
Arkansas House passes exemption to ban concealed firearms at college athletic events

Facing pressure from the SEC, the Arkansas House of Representatives on Thursday voted 71-20 to pass SB 724, placing exemptions on a recently signed law allowing guns in public places. Specifically, the bill means concealed weapons won't be permitted inside the stadiums and arenas of Arkansas colleges and universities.

It follows a statement from SEC commissioner Greg Sankey on Tuesday asking lawmakers to exclude athletic events and sports venues from the controversial House Bill 1249.

Sankey wrote the law would “negatively impact” Razorback athletics and warned its existence may threaten the university's future as a member of the conference.

However, SB 724 doesn't repeal House Bill 1249, which allows those with a conceal-and-carry permits to legally bring permissible guns on campus. The bill was introduced by Arkansas state Rep. Charlie Collins and advanced by Republicans who claims it will help students protect themselves on campus.

Many Arkansas football players expressed they weren't comfortable with guns being allowed in the stadium, given the rowdy atmosphere of college football games.

Now with SB 724, students and visitors alike will have to leave their guns at home went entering Razorback Stadium.

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