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Arkansas’ governor signed a sweeping gun rights measure into law on Wednesday that will allow concealed handguns at state colleges, some bars, government buildings and even the state Capitol.
NBC4 reports that The measure approved by Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson allows someone to carry concealed handguns at the locations if they undergo up to eight hours of active-shooter training. Hutchinson chaired a National Rifle Association task force that called for trained, armed staff at schools after the 2012 elementary school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut.
The new state law, backed by the National Rifle Association, will take effect on September 1st.
Saturday Down South surmised that the law will allow fans watching college football games to take a weapon and they were less than excited about that proposition.
The new law allows concealed guns at private establishments like bars, restaurants and places of worship — unless there are weapons prohibitions posted at the facilities. Concealed handguns are still banned at K-12 schools, courtrooms and prisons.