JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - In the wake of a new law concerning the possession of concealed handguns on university campuses, Arkansas State University has announced plans to implement the mandate.
Dr. Charles Welch, president of the Arkansas State University System, states in a letter no immediate changes have been made to the system's gun policies.
The law, Act 562 of 2017, goes into effect on Sept. 1.
Prior to that day, the system will update its policies to comply with the law and present them to the ASU Board of Trustees for approval, according to Welch.
Then the policies will be distributed and additional guidance will be provided to implement and enforce the law.
Individuals allowed to carry will have to be 21 or older, have a concealed carry license, and complete an additional training course of up to eight hours for advanced certification.
The advanced certification will be developed by Arkansas State Police. Welch notes in his letter that ASP has 120 days from Sept. 1 to communicate rules for certification training.
Welch also stated that under the law it would still be illegal for "anyone other than law enforcement or security personnel to possess a handgun or other weapon in campus residence halls and daycare facilities or at collegiate athletic events."
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