The legislative session is restricted to budget matters unless both houses allow consideration of non-budget matters by two-thirds votes. Which brings us to guns.
Legislators are spoiling to put gun legislation on the agenda. The gun lobby wants to change the new campus/courthouse/tavern/church/wherever concealed carry law to drop a requirement that those who teach courses for a concealed carry permit
The real fight is the effort by some Democratic legislators to clear up particularly bad drafting in the college gun bill. The law prohibits “storage” of a weapon in college
The NRA has signaled it will not stand for common-sense editing of the college gun bill. Its political arm circulated this message to legislators:
Senate Resolution 10 is anti-gun language that seeks to roll back the personal protection legislation that was signed into law last year by Governor Asa Hutchinson. SR 10 would prohibit law-abiding individuals with a valid enhanced carry permit from carrying a firearm for self-defense onto public college and university campuses.
This is a lie.
First of all, the proposal does not “roll back” legislation. It would clarify one provision. But most important: It would NOT prohibit people with the proper permit from “carrying a firearm for self-defense” onto campuses. (Sorry to say.) It WOULD prohibit guns in dorm ROOMS or suites. If facts matter, here’s the pertinent amendment in SR 10.