by Max Brantley
The federal prohibition does not apply to the possession of a firearm if the individual possessing it is licensed to do so by the state and law enforcement authorities of the state have verified that the individual is qualified under law to receive the license.Why wouldn't that override apply to buildings as well? Various people think not. They also seem to find some distinction between a simple concealed carry permit and the new enhanced carry permit that opens the door to gun toting on college campuses. I'm not aware the new law drew any such specific distinction on powers except as to colleges.
And a spokesman for the National Rifle Association said the federal law did not apply to those with concealed-carry licenses.So, it does but it doesn't. But school grounds are also exempt from gun carrying under state law, not just the school buildings. If the special license can override that at UA-Little Rock, why not the building itself?
'The Gun Free Zone Act allows persons with a valid concealed carry permit issued by the state to carry in a school in that state," said Lars Dalseide, a spokesman for the National Rifle Association. "However, Arkansas law applies as well and prohibits even those with a carry permit from possessing a firearm at schools, although there are exceptions."
"We are in a position where not only law enforcement as a whole — because it will not just be left to state police — and public universities are beginning to realize that there's a lot to be learned about how these laws will be enforced and how these laws will impact where a firearm can be carried," he said.In other words: We don't know yet what we don't know about guns on campus. Still to be heard from is gun-toting Attorney General Leslie Rutledge. Hard to imagine her finding a place NOT made safer by a gun should she be asked for an official opinion.