Today, the Arkansas Senate passed Senate Bill 724, an anti-gun bill which undermines some of the key advancements made with the passage and enactment of House Bill 1249. SB 724 is now headed to the House of Representatives where it will likely be considered by the House Judiciary Committee. It is imperative that you contact members of the House Judiciary Committee IMMEDIATELY and urge them to OPPOSE this bill! Let them know that law-abiding gun owners in Arkansas deserve to enjoy the benefits of House Bill 1249!
SB 724 seeks to amend several sections of the newly enacted House Bill 1249, which was signed into law by Governor Asa Hutchinson on March 23. This bill, after being amended, adds public teaching hospitals and college sporting events to the list of places where licensees with the enhanced carry permit would still be prohibited from carrying. Through intentional drafting by Senator Dismang, SB 724 would allow the entire University of Arkansas system to prohibit concealed carry.
It also amends existing law to make private colleges and universities automatically prohibited for any permit holders. Currently, private schools may prohibit carry if they choose to, which respects their property rights. SB 724 restricts their rights as property owners.
Again, click the “Take Action” button above to contact members of the House Judiciary Committee in opposition to SB 724. Stay tuned to your email inbox and www.nraila.org for further updates on this bill.