The State Police are making progress on the program to provide an advanced concealed carry permit that would allow permit holders to take their guns onto college campuses.
This is the product of Rep. Charlie Collins’ long effort to get more guns on college campuses. The legislature has dramatically expanded places where guns may be carried in general (government buildings, bars and more). But it specifically allowed campus carry for those with concealed carry permits who got an additional eight hours of training. Campuses will be able to declare some areas — football stadiums, for example — off-limits.
Incidentally, Collins and I talk about guns and more guns on Capitol View, KARK’s Sunday morning talk show, at 8:30 a.m. tomorrow. He remains convinced that more guns on campus will make them safer.
The State Police has been preparing a training course and licensing procedure for the new enhanced permits. Those proposed rules are now drafted and public comments are being taken. A public hearing will be held at 10 a.m. Oct. 31 at State Police headquarters.
This link includes a variety of changes being made throughout rules pertaining to weapons, but scroll to page 23 to see the changes relevant to the enhanced permit. The rules include a test of proficiency in
(d) The applicant must complete a live-fire proficiency qualification and obtain a scoreof 35/50 or 70%. The instructor may permit the applicant to re-fire the course three (3)times. If the applicant fails to obtain the required score after three (3) attempts at shooting the course, the instructor must wait six (6) months prior to allowing the applicant to re-take enhanced training course.
The fundamentals of the live-fire course are as follows:
(1) Stage 1: 3 yard line – 20 Rounds
(A) 5 shots fired in a “one shot exercise” – 2 seconds allowed for each shot;
(B) 10 shots fired in a “two shot exercise” – 3 seconds allowed for each 2 shot
(C) 5 shots fired in 10 seconds;
(2) Stage 2: 7 yard line – 20 rounds
(A) 5 shots fired in 10 seconds
(B) 5 shots fired in 2 stages:
(i) 2 shots fired in 4 seconds;
(ii) 3 shots fired in 6 seconds;
(C) 5 shots fired in a “one shot exercise” – 3 seconds allowed for each shot;
(D) 5 shots fired in 15 seconds;
(3) Stage 3: 15 yard line – 10 rounds
(A) 5 shots fired in 2 stages:
(i) 2 shots fired in 6 seconds;
(ii) 3 shots fired in 9 seconds;
(B) 5 shots fired in 15 seconds.
Licensing is expected to begin in 2018.