Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Wednesday signed House Bill 1249, an important piece of self-defense legislation, into law.
The measure was originally introduced as a limited campus-carry bill. According to NRA-ILA, after weeks of hearings and negotiations, the legislation evolved to provide significant benefits for law-abiding citizens who choose to upgrade their concealed-carry license. With the enhanced permits, licensees can exercise their right to self-defense if attacked by violent criminals while on campus, out to dinner or visiting state buildings.
“Only criminals can find safety in gun-free zones,” said NRA-ILA Executive Director Chris W. Cox. “By allowing enhanced permit holders to carry in more places, Gov. Hutchinson has made Arkansas a safer place to live.”
The new enhanced permits will be available early next year.