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Guns on campus bill passes; expected to be signed by Gov.

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Concealed carry permit holders with eight additional hours of training with be allowed to carry a weapon on college campuses. 

According to Region 8 News media partner Talk Business & Politics reported, House Bill 1249 passed the Arkansas House with a 71-18 vote. The bill has already passed the Senate and is expected to be signed by Governor Asa Hutchinson. 

The bill allows those with a license, and eight hours of active shooting training designed by Arkansas State Police, to carry their weapons at public and state-supported universities along with public buildings, including State Capital grounds.

Some students at Arkansas State University feel this bill could be a good thing, but some have mixed emotions about having guns on campus. 

"I feel like if it is used correctly it's ok it is like safe but at the same time it is kind of terrifying because you could use it for the wrong reasons," said Madeline Hall, a Freshman. 

Shawna Martin is another Freshman who agrees saying that she doesn't feel good about this bill at all. 

"It doesn't make me feel comfortable as a student in any case scenario," said Martin. 

"I feel it is a 50/50 situation because there might actually be a time where you would have to use the weapon but there are some people in the world that may have some type of mental issue just to be using the weapon just to be using it," said Auriel McCoy, a Sophomore. "Some people are just crazy."

The exception includes K-12 public schools, state prison facilities, and courtroom and administrative hearings. 

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