LITTLE ROCK — The sponsor of a 2013 law that allowed faculty and staff at colleges and universities to carry concealed handguns on campus, unless the institutions opt out, wants to do away with the opt-out provision.

LITTLE ROCK — The sponsor of a 2013 law that allowed faculty and staff at colleges and universities to carry concealed handguns on campus, unless the institutions opt out, wants to do away with the opt-out provision.


Rep. Charlie Collins, R-Fayetteville, filed a bill Thursday to amend the law he sponsored two years ago to allow college faculty and staff who have concealed-carry permits to carry their guns on campus.


As part of a compromise to get the 2013 bill passed, Collins added a provision allowing colleges and universities to choose to ban guns, and all state colleges and universities ended up choosing that option.


Under Collins’ new measure, House Bill 1077, the opt-out provision would be stricken from the law for state schools, although private schools could still opt out.


Collins said he believes it would be a deterrent to campus shootings if shooters knew that faculty and staff could be armed. He acknowledged that decision-makers at colleges and universities apparently do not want guns on campus, but he said they should not necessarily have the last word.


"The people of Arkansas, who are the owners of these institutions, have sent people to Little Rock to make decisions for public places and the benefit of the people," he said.