A measure signed into law by Arkansas Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Wednesday that would have allowed concealed handguns to be carried into sporting events at state college campuses hit a roadblock in the Arkansas Senate on Thursday.
The Senate voted 22-10 to exempt college sports events. The bill will now head to the Arkansas House.
The law mandates up to eight hours of active-shooter training for a person with a concealed handgun license who is 21 or older to be able to carry a handgun on state college campuses or into bars and government buildings — all places that had previously been restricted. More than 220,000 people have concealed carry permits in the state.
While the law will take effect on Sept. 15, the Arkansas State Police has until January to develop the training guidelines.