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Lawmaker:'It's just absolutely crazy' on guns inside of student dorms

On Friday, lawmakers adopted the state police's new rules and policy for the enhanced concealed carry permit, despite some trying to stop it.

On Friday, lawmakers adopted the state police's new rules and policy for the enhanced concealed carry permit, despite some trying to stop it.

Several lawmakers said they didn't know this law meant guns inside of student dorm rooms. Representative Greg Leding (D-86) told KATV this is opening the door to potential accidents and disasters.

Leding said the law is just plain ridiculous to allow students to carry while inside of their dorm room.

As is, the law doesn't allow a student to store a gun, such as putting it in a lock box, but it does allow a student to conceal carry.

Part of the state police's rules stated that as long as the enhanced permit holder keeps the gun on their person -- or within arm’s reach it's ok, storing it violates the law.

Leding added that it's insane to think a student who goes to the bathroom in the middle of the night is expected to take their gun with them.

"It's just absolutely crazy that you're not allowed to store the gun, but you can have the gun on or near you, Senator Hickey a republican from Texarkana pointed out how ridiculous that is, again you have to wonder down the hall to the restroom at 2 a.m. you have to take your gun with you or you're technically violating the law,” said Leding.

The sponsor of this bill, that became law, Representative Charlie Collins told KATV this is about protecting young Arkansans from a potential school shooting.

“I'm interested in preventing the mass shootings in the future and that's what this bill is about and these crazy killers they plot and plan and they look for places where there are innocent people that they can murder without somebody stopping them until they've completed their mission," said Collins.

Whether this is going to be an issue for housing authorities on school campuses to pair roommates is yet to be determined, but Collins did point out that being an enhanced concealed carry permit holder is not public knowledge.

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