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Student FAQ

Q: What is Enhanced Concealed Carry?

A: According to the Arkansas State Police, an enhanced license authorizes the licensee to “carry” or “possess” a concealed handgun in the buildings and on the grounds of certain locations. Possession is limited to carrying of the handgun on or about the licensee’s person, in a vehicle occupied by licensee, or otherwise readily available for use. At all times, the licensee must retain the firearm in his or her immediate vicinity (within arm’s reach). A licensee is not authorized to leave the handgun unattended in a separate location for safekeeping or future use, except when the handgun is placed in a locked and unattended motor vehicle in a publicly owned and maintained parking lot as permitted by law.


Q. Can I carry a concealed weapon into a dorm, residence hall, sorority or fraternity house if I am licensed and have completed the required certification training? 
A. Yes, but it cannot be stored there. Residents of these facilities have the ability to make decisions about whether to limit or restrict guests into their rooms, as they always have. Residence halls include any university owned or operated housing, including university-owned fraternity and sorority housing. 


Q. Can I store a weapon in my residence hall, fraternity house or sorority house?
A. No. The only allowable storage of a concealed handgun is in a locked and unattended motor vehicle in a publicly owned and maintained parking lot (Ark. Code Ann. § 5-73-306 (13)(B)(v).   


Q. Can faculty, staff or students carry concealed weapons off campus?
A. Arkansas has offered a concealed weapon permit since 1996 that allows people to carry concealed weapons in the state.


Q. Can anyone carry a handgun on an Arkansas public university campus when the new laws take effect?
A. No. Campus carry is limited to individuals who have been issued an valid concealed handgun license and who complete enhanced certification training of up to 8 hours developed by the Arkansas State Police as required by Act 562.


Q. Is an individual required to be at least 21 in order to obtain a concealed handgun license?
A. Generally, yes.  However, under Ark. Code Ann. § 5-73-309(3), a concealed handgun license is also available to applicants who are at least 18 and (i) currently a federally recognized commissioned or non-commissioned officer or an enlisted member on active duty in the United States Armed Forces; (ii) in the National Guard or a reserve component of the United States Armed Forces; or (iii) a former member of the United States Armed Forces who has been honorably discharged.

Q. What does “concealed” mean?
A. “Concealed” means to cover from observation so as to prevent public view, per Ark. Code Ann. § 5-73-301(2).


Q. Can I carry a concealed weapon into a dorm, residence hall, sorority or fraternity house if I am licensed and have completed the required certification training?
A. Yes, but it cannot be stored there.


Q. Can I store a weapon in my residence hall, fraternity house or sorority house?
A. No.  Concealed handguns will be permitted in university-owned or operated student dormitories or residence halls or housing by individuals with the requisite certifications and endorsements, but Act 562 specifies that storage will not be allowed in university or college-operated student dormitory or residence hall. For purposes of the Act, residence halls include any university-owned or operated housing, including university-owned fraternity and sorority housing.


Q. May I store a handgun in a locker?
A. No. Even individuals with a special endorsement for concealed carry on campus may not store their handgun in any university facilities, including locker rooms. The only allowable storage for handguns on campus is in locked and unattended motor vehicles on university or public property.


Q. Can I carry a gun to class?
A. Yes, if the requirements for concealed carry on campus are met: A person must have an valid concealed carry license and the enhanced carry certification issued by the Arkansas State Police.


Q. Can a student who legally possesses a concealed handgun be excluded from the classroom because he or she has a concealed weapon?
A. No. The act of carrying a concealed handgun with the appropriate licenses is not considered a disruption of class activity or other university operation. Likewise, another person’s adverse reaction to someone carrying a handgun in accordance with Arkansas law is not grounds to eject a person legally possessing a concealed weapon from the classroom.


Q. What do I do if I see a person with a gun on campus?
A. Students, staff members, faculty members and visitors may not display a handgun on University of Arkansas System campuses. Handguns must be concealed at all times, barring life-threatening emergencies. If you observe someone displaying a handgun on campus, it should be reported to the University of Arkansas Police Department. If you observe someone displaying a handgun on campus in a threatening manner, call 911.


Q. Can I store a weapon in my car?
A. Yes. Ark. Code Ann. § 5-73-306 (13)(B)(v) specifies that storage of a concealed handgun is allowed in a locked and unattended motor vehicle in a publicly owned and maintained parking lot.


Q. What is the penalty for bringing a concealed handgun to campus without being properly licensed or for carrying a concealed handgun into a prohibited area?
A. Those who violate the campus carry law are subject to legal action in accordance with Acts 562 and 859. Additionally, violations of the campus carry law may, for students, result in disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal from the university, and for employees, result in disciplinary action, up to and including termination.


Q. Will concealed handguns be allowed at college-sponsored athletic venues, such as Razorback football games?
A. No. Act 859 prohibits individuals (regardless of certification) from carrying a concealed handgun into a collegiate athletic event, provided the event is a posted firearm-sensitive area under a security plan approved by the Arkansas State Police. The university will be working with the State Police and will submit security plans to obtain approval to have these venues designated as firearm-sensitive areas.


Q. I have a concealed carry permit issued in another state. Can I carry my concealed weapon on campus?
A. No.  A person must have a valid concealed carry permit and complete the additional enhanced certification training to receive an enhanced permit, in order to be allowed to carry on campus.


For more information, please see the U of A System FAQs and implementation guidance or the Arkansas State Police Concealed Handgun Carry License Rules.

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Faculty FAQ

Q: What is Enhanced Concealed Carry?

A: According to the Arkansas State Police, an enhanced license authorizes the licensee to “carry” or “possess” a concealed handgun in the buildings and on the grounds of certain locations. Possession is limited to carrying of the handgun on or about the licensee’s person, in a vehicle occupied by licensee, or otherwise readily available for use. At all times, the licensee must retain the firearm in his or her immediate vicinity (within arm’s reach). A licensee is not authorized to leave the handgun unattended in a separate location for safekeeping or future use, except when the handgun is placed in a locked and unattended motor vehicle in a publicly owned and maintained parking lot as permitted by law.


Q: Can I include language in my class syllabus about enhanced carry rules?
A: Yes. The Provost’s Office has established the following statement that can be used by faculty wanting to include information about enhanced concealed carry on campus.

 

Reminder About Concealed Carry On Campus

Handguns are only allowed on campus (including all classrooms) to the extent specifically authorized by state law.  Each individual who lawfully possesses a handgun and an enhanced carry permit is required to keep the handgun concealed from public view at all times and is responsible for carrying the handgun in a safe manner.

If an individual carries a concealed handgun in a personal carrier such as a backpack, purse, or handbag, the carrier must remain within the individual’s immediate vicinity (within arm’s reach).  During this course, you may be required to engage in activities that may require you to separate from your belongings such as taking a quiz or examination, and thus you should plan accordingly.  Any student who violates the concealed carry laws while on campus may be subject to criminal prosecution and/or discipline by the University, up to and including dismissal. If you observe someone displaying a handgun or other weapon on campus, it should be reported to the University of Arkansas Police Department.


Q: Can anyone carry a handgun on an Arkansas public university campus when the new laws take effect?
A: No. Campus carry is limited to individuals who have been issued a concealed handgun license in Arkansas and who complete enhanced certification training of up to 8 hours developed by the Arkansas State Police as required by Act 562.


Q: Is an individual required to be at least 21 in order to obtain a concealed handgun license?
A: Generally, yes. However, under Ark. Code Ann. § 5-73-309(3), a concealed handgun license is also available to applicants who are at least 18 and (i) currently a federally recognized commissioned or non-commissioned officer or an enlisted member on active duty in the United States Armed Forces; (ii) in the National Guard or a reserve component of the United States Armed Forces; or (iii) a former member of the United States Armed Forces who has been honorably discharged.


Q: What does “concealed” mean?
A: “Concealed” means to cover from observation so as to prevent public view, per Ark. Code Ann. § 5-73-301(2).


Q: Can I prohibit guns from my classroom?
A: No. Faculty and staff are not allowed to restrict concealed weapons in their classrooms. The law allows people who meet the requirements to carry concealed handguns on campus and in buildings. Faculty cannot prohibit concealed carriers with the proper license and enhanced certification from their classrooms and carriers cannot be penalized for doing so.


Q: Can I prohibit guns from my office?
A: No. Faculty may state their personal preference that guns not be brought to class or offices, but they should acknowledge that concealed carriers with the proper license and enhanced certification do not have to comply with that preference and may not be penalized on that basis. However, the new laws prohibit an individual from carrying a handgun into grievance and disciplinary meetings conducted in accordance with university procedures and lasting no more than 9 hours provided (a) the meeting is held in a room that is “no larger than necessary to complete the meeting;” (b) participants are given at least 24 hours’ notice of the meeting; and (c) a notice is posted on the door in which the meeting is being held that possession of a handgun is prohibited.


Q: Can I ask a student, faculty member or staff member if they are carrying a gun?
A: Yes, but they are under no requirement to answer. Individuals with the proper concealed carry permits do not have to identify themselves as carrying a weapon if asked unless asked by a law enforcement officer in accordance with Ark. Code Ann. § 5-73-315. No action may be taken against an employee or student because of their status as a concealed carry permit holder.


Q: What do I do if I see someone with a gun in my class or on campus?
A: Students, staff members, faculty members and visitors may not display a handgun on University of Arkansas System campuses. Handguns must be concealed at all times, barring life-threatening emergencies. If you observe someone displaying a handgun on campus, it should be reported to the University of Arkansas Police Department. If you observe someone displaying a handgun on campus in a threatening manner, call 911.


Q: Can I cancel class if a student has a concealed weapon with the proper permits?
A: No.


Q: Will university faculty and staff be allowed to carry a concealed handgun?
A: Yes, provided the faculty or staff member has obtained the required concealed handgun license, and has successfully completed the requisite enhanced certification training. Act 562 specifies that unless an employee is required to carry a firearm as part of the employee’s specific job duties (i.e., Police Officer), any possession or use of a firearm by the employee is not considered to be within the scope of employment with the university. As such, any employee who chooses to possess or use a firearm is acting in the employee’s individual capacity and not as an agent of the university, and is not immune from personal liability with respect to possession or use of the handgun. If the employee is injured by his or her own negligence in possessing or using a handgun in the workplace, he or she will not be entitled to worker’s compensation. Additionally, employees who decide to carry a concealed handgun must plan appropriately for its legal storage. Ark. Code Ann. § 5-73-306 (13)(B)(v) specifies that storage of a concealed handgun is allowed in a locked and unattended motor vehicle in a publicly owned and maintained parking lot.


Q: What is the penalty for bringing a concealed handgun to campus without being properly licensed or for carrying a concealed handgun into a prohibited area?
A: Those who violate the campus carry law are subject to legal action in accordance with Acts 562 and 859. Additionally, violations of the campus carry law may, for employees, result in disciplinary action, up to and including termination, and for students, result in disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal from the university.


Q: May I store a handgun in my office?
A: No. Even employees with a special endorsement for concealed carry on campus may not store their handgun in any university facilities, including classrooms, locker rooms, or offices. The only allowable storage for handguns on campus is in locked and unattended motor vehicles on university or public property.


Q: Will concealed handguns be allowed at college-sponsored athletic events, such as Razorback football games?
A: No. Act 859 prohibits individuals (regardless of certification) from carrying a concealed handgun into a collegiate athletic event, provided the event is a posted firearm-sensitive area under a security plan approved by the Arkansas State Police. The university will be working with the State Police and will submit security plans to obtain approval to have these venues designated as firearm-sensitive areas.


Q: I have a concealed carry permit issued in another state. Can I carry my concealed weapon on campus?
A: No. A person must have a valid concealed carry permit and complete the additional enhanced certification training to receive an enhanced permit, in order to be allowed to carry on campus.


Q: Can a student, faculty member or staff member carry a concealed weapon to a school-sponsored event or class field trip off campus?
A: Yes, if they hold a concealed carry permit and if the event is at a location where the state of Arkansas allows concealed weapons.


Q. Can faculty, staff or students carry concealed weapons off campus?
A. Arkansas has offered a concealed weapon permit since 1996 that allows people to carry concealed weapons in the state.


For more information, please see the U of A System FAQs and implementation guidance or the Arkansas State Police Concealed Handgun Carry License Rules.

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Staff FAQ

Q: What is Enhanced Concealed Carry?

A: According to the Arkansas State Police, an enhanced license authorizes the licensee to “carry” or “possess” a concealed handgun in the buildings and on the grounds of certain locations. Possession is limited to carrying of the handgun on or about the licensee’s person, in a vehicle occupied by licensee, or otherwise readily available for use. At all times, the licensee must retain the firearm in his or her immediate vicinity (within arm’s reach). A licensee is not authorized to leave the handgun unattended in a separate location for safekeeping or future use, except when the handgun is placed in a locked and unattended motor vehicle in a publicly owned and maintained parking lot as permitted by law.


Q. Can anyone carry a handgun on an Arkansas public university campus when the new laws take effect?
A. No. Campus carry is limited to individuals who have been issued a concealed handgun license and who complete enhanced certification training of up to 8 hours developed by the Arkansas State Police as required by Act 562.


Q. What does “concealed handgun” mean?
A. A handgun must be covered from observation so as to prevent public view. In other words, concealed carry licensees shall not carry a handgun openly or in any other manner in which the handgun is visible to ordinary observation by a reasonable person or in public view.


Q. Can I prohibit guns from my office?
A. No. However, the new laws prohibit an individual from carrying a handgun into grievance and disciplinary meetings conducted in accordance with university procedures and lasting no more than 9 hours provided (a) the meeting is held in a room that is “no larger than necessary to complete the meeting;” (b) the individual is given at least 24 hours notice of the meeting; and (c) a notice is posted on the door in which the meeting is being held that possession of a handgun is prohibited.


Q. Can I ask a student, faculty member or staff member if they are carrying a gun?
A. Yes, but the individual being asked has no obligation to answer. An individual with a concealed carry permit who has completed the additional enhanced certification training under Act 562 is not required to reveal their permit status unless asked by a law enforcement officer in accordance with Ark. Code Ann. § 5-73-315. No action may be taken against an employee or student because of their status as a concealed carry permit holder.


Q. What do I do if I see someone with a gun on campus?
A. Students, staff members, faculty members and visitors may not display a handgun on University of Arkansas System campuses. Handguns must be concealed at all times, barring life-threatening emergencies. If you observe someone displaying a handgun on campus, it should be reported to University of Arkansas Police Department.


Q. Can faculty, staff or students carry concealed weapons off campus?
A. Arkansas has offered a concealed weapon permit since 1996 that allows people to carry concealed weapons in the state.


Q. Will university faculty and staff be allowed to carry a concealed handgun?
A. Generally, yes, provided the faculty or staff member has obtained the required concealed handgun license, and has successfully completed the requisite enhanced certification training. Act 562 specifies that unless an employee is required to carry a firearm as part of the employee’s specific job duties (i.e., Police Officer), any possession or use of a firearm by the employee is not considered to be within the scope of employment with the university. As such, any employee who chooses to possess or use a firearm is acting in the employee’s individual capacity and not as an agent of the university, and is not immune from personal liability with respect to possession or use of the handgun. If the employee is injured by his or her own negligence in possessing or using a handgun in the workplace, he or she will not be entitled to worker’s compensation. Additionally, employees who decide to carry a concealed handgun must plan appropriately for its legal storage. Ark. Code Ann. § 5-73-306 (13)(B)(v) specifies that storage of concealed handgun is allowed in a locked and unattended motor vehicle in a publicly owned and maintained parking lot.


Q. Can a supervisor request a list of employees who have a concealed carry permit?
A. No.


Q. What is the penalty for bringing a concealed handgun to campus without being properly licensed or for carrying a concealed handgun into a prohibited area?
A. There are criminal penalties for violating the campus carry law. Violations of the campus carry law may, for employees, result in disciplinary action, up to and including termination, and for students, result in disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal from the university.




For more information, please see the U of A System FAQs and implementation guidance or the Arkansas State Police Concealed Handgun Carry License Rules.

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Parents and Visitors FAQ

Q: What is Enhanced Concealed Carry?
A: According to the Arkansas State Police, an enhanced license authorizes the licensee to “carry” or “possess” a concealed handgun in the buildings and on the grounds of certain locations. Possession is limited to carrying of the handgun on or about the licensee’s person, in a vehicle occupied by licensee, or otherwise readily available for use. At all times, the licensee must retain the firearm in his or her immediate vicinity (within arm’s reach). A licensee is not authorized to leave the handgun unattended in a separate location for safekeeping or future use, except when the handgun is placed in a locked and unattended motor vehicle in a publicly owned and maintained parking lot as permitted by law.

Q. Can I carry a concealed weapon into a dorm, residence hall, sorority or fraternity house if I am licensed and have completed the required certification training? 
A. Yes, but it cannot be stored there. Residents of these facilities have the ability to make decisions about whether to limit or restrict guests into their rooms, as they always have. Residence halls include any university owned or operated housing, including university-owned fraternity and sorority housing. 


Q. Can I store a weapon in my residence hall, fraternity house or sorority house?
A. No. The only allowable storage of a concealed handgun is in a locked and unattended motor vehicle in a publicly owned and maintained parking lot (Ark. Code Ann. § 5-73-306 (13)(B)(v).   


Q. Can anyone carry a handgun on an Arkansas public university campus when the new laws take effect?
A. No. Campus carry is limited to individuals who have been issued an Arkansas concealed handgun license in Arkansas and who complete enhanced certification training of up to 8 hours developed by the Arkansas State Police as required by Act 562.


Q. I have a concealed carry permit issued in another state. Can I carry my concealed weapon when visiting campus?
A. No. A person must have a valid concealed carry permit and complete the additional enhanced certification training to receive an enhanced permit, in order to be allowed to carry on campus.


Q. Where can I store my concealed weapon while visiting campus?
A. Ark. Code Ann. § 5-73-306 (13)(B)(v) specifies that storage of concealed handgun is allowed in a locked and unattended motor vehicle in a publicly owned and maintained parking lot.


Q. Will concealed handguns be allowed at college-sponsored athletic venues, such as Razorback football games?
A. No. Act 859 prohibits individuals (regardless of certification) from carrying a concealed handgun into a collegiate athletic event, provided the event is a posted firearm-sensitive area under a security plan approved by the Arkansas State Police. The university will be working with the State Police and will submit security plans to obtain approval to have these venues designated as firearm-sensitive areas.


Q. What do I do if I see a weapon on campus?
A. Students, staff members, faculty members and visitors may not display a handgun on University of Arkansas System campuses. Handguns must be concealed at all times, barring life-threatening emergencies. If you observe someone displaying a handgun on campus, it should be reported to University of Arkansas Police Department. If you observe someone displaying a handgun on campus in a threatening manner, call 911. 


Q. Are guns allowed in the child development center or K-12 classrooms located on campus?
A. No. Act 859 prohibits individuals even with requisite certifications and endorsements from carrying a concealed handgun into a public school K-12, public prekindergarten, or public daycare facility.


Q. What is the penalty for bringing a concealed handgun to campus without being properly licensed or for carrying a concealed handgun into a prohibited area?
A. Those who violate the campus carry law are subject to legal action in accordance with Acts 562 and 859. Additionally, violations of the campus carry law may, for students, result in disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal from the university, and for employees, result in disciplinary action, up to and including termination.


Q. Is an individual required to be at least 21 in order to obtain a concealed handgun license?
A. Generally, yes. However, under Ark. Code Ann. § 5-73-309(3), a concealed handgun license is also available to applicants who are at least 18 and (i) currently a federally recognized commissioned or noncommissioned officer or an enlisted member on active duty in the United States Armed Forces; (ii) in the National Guard or a reserve component of the United States Armed Forces; or (iii) a former member of the United States Armed Forces who has been honorably discharged.


Q. Can faculty, staff or students carry concealed weapons off campus?
A. Arkansas has offered a concealed weapon permit since 1996 that allows people to carry concealed weapons in the state.


For more information, please see the U of A System FAQs and implementation guidance or the Arkansas State Police Concealed Handgun Carry License Rules.

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