Concealed Carry Visitor FAQs

North Arkansas College is committed to providing a safe campus environment for all who work, study and visit. We continue to work mindfully on policies and procedures for implementation and compliance with state laws.

What is Enhanced Concealed Carry?
According to the Arkansas State Police, an enhanced license authorizes the licensee to “carry” or “possess” a concealed handgun in the buildings and on the grounds of certain locations. Possession is limited to carrying of the handgun on or about the licensee’s person, in a vehicle occupied by licensee, or otherwise readily available for use. At all times, the licensee must retain the firearm in his or her immediate vicinity (within arm’s reach). A licensee is not authorized to leave the handgun unattended in a separate location for safekeeping or future use, except when the handgun is placed in a locked and unattended motor vehicle in a publicly owned and maintained parking lot as permitted by law.

Can anyone carry a handgun on an Arkansas public university campus when the new laws take effect?
No. Campus carry is limited to individuals who have been issued an Arkansas concealed handgun license in Arkansas and who complete enhanced certification training of up to 8 hours developed by the Arkansas State Police as required by Act 562.

I have a concealed carry permit issued in another state. Can I carry my concealed weapon when visiting campus?
No. A person must have a valid concealed carry permit and complete the additional enhanced certification training to receive an enhanced permit, in order to be allowed to carry on campus.

Where can I store my concealed weapon while visiting campus?
Ark. Code Ann. § 5-73-306 (13)(B)(v) specifies that storage of concealed handgun is allowed in a locked and unattended motor vehicle in a publicly owned and maintained parking lot.

Will concealed handguns be allowed at college-sponsored athletic venues, such as basketball games?
No. Act 859 prohibits individuals (regardless of certification) from carrying a concealed handgun into a collegiate athletic event, provided the event is a posted firearm-sensitive area under a security plan approved by the Arkansas State Police. The College will be working with the State Police and will submit security plans to obtain approval to have these venues designated as firearm-sensitive areas.

What do I do if I see a weapon on campus?
Students, staff members, faculty members and visitors may not display a handgun on North Arkansas College campuses. Handguns must be concealed at all times, barring life-threatening emergencies. If you observe someone displaying a handgun on campus, it should be reported to North Arkansas College Police Department. If you observe someone displaying a handgun on campus in a threatening manner, call 911. 

What is the penalty for bringing a concealed handgun to campus without being properly licensed or for carrying a concealed handgun into a prohibited area?
Those who violate the campus carry law are subject to legal action in accordance with Acts 562 and 859. Additionally, violations of the campus carry law may, for students, result in disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal from the College, for employees, result in disciplinary action, up to and including termination, and for visitors, expulsion from College property.

Is an individual required to be at least 21 in order to obtain a concealed handgun license?
Generally, yes. However, under Ark. Code Ann. § 5-73-309(3), a concealed handgun license is also available to applicants who are at least 18 and (i) currently a federally recognized commissioned or noncommissioned officer or an enlisted member on active duty in the United States Armed Forces; (ii) in the National Guard or a reserve component of the United States Armed Forces; or (iii) a former member of the United States Armed Forces who has been honorably discharged.

Can faculty, staff or students carry concealed weapons off campus?
Arkansas has offered a concealed weapon permit since 1996 that allows people to carry concealed weapons in the state.

For more information please see the North Arkansas College FAQs or the Arkansas State Police Concealed Handgun Carry License Rules.