A pro-gun group is up in arms so to speak because some Arkansas colleges prohibit students from carrying concealed weapons on campus. State law allows concealed weapons on campus, but not in college and university buildings and events. The gun group, Arkansas Carry, demands that the state Higher Education Department end this discrimination against gun-toting students. If others may carry guns, so should students, the group says.
UPDATE: The state Higher Education Department has responded to the letter. The gun group has essentially done a selective reading of the law. The Higher Ed response notes that the attorney general’s opinion on which the gun group relies also cites statutory authority for colleges and universities — and anyone else exercising physical control over a place — to prohibit handguns on their property, concealed or not, by posting a written notice of the prohibition.