Gov. Asa Hutchinson says he’ll sign SB724 to prohibit concealed carry at sporting events on Monday
SEC commissioner Sankey’s statement impacted lawmakers, governor says
By Bart Pohlman
Arkansas governor Asa Hutchinson knew SB724, which allows state colleges and universities to prohibit concealed carry at sporting events, was coming when he signed Act 562 into law, he said on Sports Talk Friday.
“When I signed the original bill, I was aware that Sen. (Jonathan) Dismang was going to be running this bill to exempt collegiate sports and to close some other sensitive areas away, like UAMS, that would give them better protection and give them a gun-free zone,” Hutchinson said.
The governor said that had SB724 not passed, he would have brought the legislature back for a special session to address the issue, but he’s happy the problem has been solved.
“It gives confidence to all the fans that were nervous about this that it’s been remedied and is not going to be a problem, and we can enjoy football games and other sports in Arkansas without any problem,” Hutchinson said.
SEC commissioner Greg Sankey’s statement had an impact on lawmakers, the governor said.
“It’s understandable that the SEC commissioner made that statement,” Hutchinson said. “It was obvious he did not make a threat, he just said it was a concern. So he appropriately expressed it, but it was timely. It was needed.
“That certainly got the attention of the legislators as well.”
Listen to the interview with Gov. Hutchinson here: