Concealed firearms are one step closer to making their way onto college campuses and into bars and public buildings.
Governor Asa Hutchinson announced in a tweet that seventy firearms instructors throughout the state of Arkansas are now eligible to teach the enhanced concealed carry class.
“You’re going to shoot fifty rounds, you’re going to shoot 20 rounds from the three-yard, 20 rounds from the seven-yard and ten rounds from the 15-yard, you have to score 35 out of 50 to pass the course,” said Ron Garratt, a firearms instructor in Rogers.
Garratt has been an instructor for almost 40 years. On Wednesday, he received his certification to teach the state’s new enhanced concealed carry class after passing the test last week.
“I had to be up on the new law and the new regulations and so forth but I had all that information ahead of time it’s just a matter of studying it, a lot of it’s common sense,” Garratt explained.
Students must pass the regular concealed carry class and then the enhanced one. They can then get an enhanced concealed carry permit, which allows them to carry on places like college campuses.
Gary Crain with the University of Arkansas Police Department says this won’t change how officers respond to reports of a gun on campus.
“If we are alerted to someone with a weapon that means there is some kind of a violation, either the person has a license and didn’t conceal it well enough or they don’t have a license and either way we have to respond just as we would to any report of an armed person,” Crain said.
Garratt says passing the class is the bare minimum a permit holder should do.
“Like I tell all my students, you can’t just take this course and then carry, you’ve always got to train, you’ve got to go to practice regularly and you’ve got to stay current on the law because the laws change,” Garratt said.