Arkansas legislature passes two laws concerning concealed carry
Little Rock, Arkansas: Arkansas legislatures recently passed two separate bills pertaining to concealed carry permits. The first, signed into law by Lieutenant Governor Mark Darr (R) on February 22, rescinds the ability of the state to release public records on individuals with concealed carry permits. Darr spoke of the bills merits at the signing, asserting that "The release of such records is an invasion of privacy and threatens the safety and property of the persons identified." A second piece of legislation, recently passed by the Arkansas State Senate and now awaiting the signature of Governor Mike Beebe (D), would give colleges and universities the choice on whether or not to allow faculty and staff to carry concealed handguns on campuses. Institutions who opt out of concealed carry would be required to review that decision annually. Beebe has stated that he will likely sign the bill into law.