LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — A new effort is coming to allow guns on the campuses of universities across the state. A state legislator pushing the effort says it will make campuses safer, but there is some evidence it could have the opposite effect.
It’s an issue that sparked a heated debate during the legislative session two years ago. With Republicans picking up more seats in the state legislature, supporters now believe they have the votes to get it through.
“By enabling the good guy and a good gal who may have a concealed carry permit to actually be present it makes the would-be murder think twice,” said State Rep. Charlie Collins, R-Fayetteville.
A recent study from John Hopkins University found allowing guns on campus does not protect against mass shootings, and, in fact, is likely to increase the chances of violence and suicide.
In 2015, Collins’ bill passed the state house but died in the senate.
Collins says he’d like to begin pushing his latest attempt through the legislature when the session starts in early January.