In the fall, Saturdays at Razorback Stadium are filled with plenty of Hog Calls. But if SB 724 doesn’t get the necessary votes in the Arkansas House on Thursday, then guns could be joining the mix at Razorback football games in 2018.
“The thing that jumps out right away was concern, just how it was gonna be handled you know.” said Razorback Head Football Coach Bret Bielema. “They didn’t call me in voting, I know that”
While Coach Bielema might have his jokes, he does take the issue of player safety very seriously.
“I’m ultimately going to go to a kid and recruit him from around this country and when i say to a parent ‘I take your son’s safety to the highest degree of my heart,’ I don’t ever want to put that in jeopardy,” continued Bielema.
Razorback defensive lineman and El Dorado native Bijhon Jackson doesn’t like the possibility of guns inside the stadium but is hopeful it won’t get to that point..
“Guns in the stadium would make probably any player uncomfortable,” said Jackson. “But I think they’re probably still voting on it and everything. Hopefully it turns out in a way that makes us a little less panicked in mind.”
So what exactly is SB 724? State representative Charlie Collins of Fayetteville sponsored the initial enhanced concealed carry license bill and also is a sponsor of the latest amendment.
“Senate bill 724 allows college stadiums for games to submit a security plan to the Arkansas State Police and lay out here’s what we’re going to do to protect folks at the game,” said Collins.
To make sure your voice is heard, be sure to contact your representative and tell them how you would like them to vote.