"This bill, in my view, reflects the will of the General Assembly and is constitutional and will balance public safety and the Second Amendment", Hutchinson told the Associated Press.
The law will go into effect on September 1, but it's likely Arkansas residents won't be able to carry weapons into the newly approved locations until 2018.
The AP reports state police will be given until January 2018 to require additional training in addition to the eight hours now mandated, meaning Razorback football games are unlikely to be impacted in the fall.
Less thank 24-hours later, Arkansas lawmakers are already re-thinking the newly signed hide carry legislation. "A 2013 law allows faculty and staff to carry concealed guns at colleges and universities in Arkansas, but only if the schools allowed it".
The National Rifle Association (NRA) has expressed support and backing for the reading of the law as signed in by Gov. Hutchinson, though the gun rights group did not agree with previous amended versions. One of is them Democrat Greg Leding. "By allowing enhanced permit holders to carry in more places, Gov. Hutchinson has made Arkansas a safer place to live".
Rep. Charlie Collins of Fayetteville said people that might plan an attack a college campus could be deterred by a "god guy with a gun".
The state's governor signed measure HB1249 into law Wednesday, making the above scenario a realistic possibility moving forward.
On Thursday, reports surfaced that the Arkansas Senate would consider a new proposal that would exempt sporting events from the law. "The idea that we're going to introduce weapons into that scenario is just absolutely ridiculous".
Concealed guns will be allowed at bars, places of worship and other private establishments unless prohibitions are posted at the facilities.
Courtrooms, K-12 public schools, public pre-K programs, prisons and dorm rooms are still off limits, even with the enhanced permit.
'We have also begun work on an information portal for our campus to answer questions, and share policies and guidelines as they are developed through the UA System, ' he said.
A new bill would cost the State Crime Lab, as well as law enforcement and prosecuting attorneys across Arkansas.
The measure was condemned by gun control advocates. Critics worry it could lead to more accidents or more violence.
Senate President Jonathan Dismang said additional legislation he's filed will address some concerns about the new law. The exemption would also apply to the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and the psychiatric hospital in Little Rock.