LITTLE ROCK — Gov. Mike Beebe says he'll likely sign a bill allowing faculty and staff to carry concealed handguns on college campuses if the Legislature sends it to his desk.

The House is scheduled to vote Friday on the bill by Republican Rep. Charlie Collins of Fayetteville. The bill passed a House committee this week after Collins amended the measure to allow public colleges and universities the ability to opt out.

Beebe told reporters he's more comfortable with the measure now that it contains an opt-out provision for public schools. The bill already included an opt-out provision for private colleges and universities.

The measure is among several aimed at loosening state gun laws that legislators are considering after Republicans won the House and Senate last year.