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ASU opts out of gun law, approves tuition increase

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT/AP) – Arkansas State University is yet another institution to opt out of the new state gun law.

The board of trustees met Thursday to discuss the proposal that would allow faculty and staff to carry concealed handguns on campus under the law. A tuition rate increase of about 3.5% for undergraduates was also approved during the meeting.

The University of Arkansas Board Of Trustees also voted unanimously Thursday to ban concealed firearms on campus.

The bans will apply to UA's 11 campuses and ASU's four campuses. Arkansas Tech University's board was also voting on its policy regarding the gun law.

Most colleges and universities around the state have opted out of the new law, citing recommendations from campus leaders and security officials. The law requires public colleges and universities to revisit the policy annually if they opt out.

Under the new law, private colleges and universities can also opt out but don't have to revisit the policy annually.

Copyright 2013 KAIT. All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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