LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas' two largest university systems are opting out of a new state law allowing faculty and staff to carry concealed handguns on campus.
The University of Arkansas and Arkansas State University boards on Thursday voted unanimously to continue banning concealed firearms on campus. The bans will apply to UA's 11 campuses and ASU's four campuses. Arkansas Tech University's board also voted to opt out of the new law.
Most colleges and universities around the state have opted out of the new law, citing recommendations from campus leaders and security officials. The law requires public colleges and universities to revisit the policy annually if they opt out.
Under the new law, private colleges and universities can also opt out but don't have to revisit the policy annually.