The University of Arkansas Board of Trustees
has again voted against allowing concealed weapons on campus
. But the vote was 7-2, where it was unanimous last year.
a Beebe appointee who's been more recently aligned with Republican candidates, particularly the gun-loving Sen. Tom Cotton
, and Kelly Eichler,
a member of the staff of Gov. Asa Hutchinson
, an occasional spokesman for the NRA, voted to allow weapons. Eichler was quoted by the Democrat-Gazette as saying it was a constitutional issue.
The governor gets to appoint a trustee to the 10-member board every year (the chair, currently Reynie Rutledge, typically doesn't vote except to break ties). So, in a few more years, Rep. Charlie Collins
may get his wish of guns on the Fayetteville campus. (However, Hutchinson appointee Sheffield Nelson
, an avid hunter, voted with the majority on this issue.) A vote for guns will be against the expressed opposition of new Chancellor Joseph Steinmetz,
A 2013 law allows concealed weapons on campus unless a governing board votes to opt out. To date, no public college has voted to allow them. CORRECTION: I wrote originally that the vote was to permit; the vote is to opt out.