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Fans at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium will soon be allowed to carry in firearms

Arkansas fans don’t seem to care for new law allowing firearms at Hogs games

Eric Bolin

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Fans at Arkansas sporting events will soon be able to carry their concealed weapons into stadiums, arenas and other venues on college campuses across the Natural State. Governor Asa Hutchinson signed HB1249 into law. Specifically, it allows for concealed weapons at some state venues. Venues include Donald W. Reynolds Stadium and Bud Walton Arena.

Reaction among the fan base was largely negative and university officials had, in months leading up to the bill’s passage, expressed their displeasure with it as well.

“This bill, in my view, reflects the view of the general assembly,” Hutchinson said.

Not sure if it reflects the view of Arkansans, however.

Even if a campus has a no-firearms policy, the law renders that policy moot. Supposedly. Odds are the specifics will play out in court over the next several months, if not longer.

The law wouldn’t go into effect for games until the beginning of 2018, which means next season fans are still prohibited from packing. Fans who wish to carry a weapon into the stadium must be licensed and undergo training.

Hogs offense could be one of best in SEC. Yes, in football.

Think about it this way.

Arkansas has the best passing quarterback in the SEC back. You might argue Alabama’s Jalen Hurts is the better overall quarterback – might argue – but no one would suggest Hurts is the superior passer to Razorbacks soon-to-be senior Austin Allen.

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Arkansas RB Rawleigh Williams III (Ed Zurga/Getty Images)

The Hogs have the SEC’s leading rusher (in the regular season) back as well. Rawleigh Williams III  had 1,390 yards and 15 touchdowns last year. Add in Devwah Whaley, who just scratched the surface, and running back is just fine.

Offensive line returns four starters. Now, whether that’s a positive or a negative remains to be seen considering the unit’s struggles last year. But in theory, with perhaps the best offensive lineman in the nation, Frank Ragnow, back, they should improve.

Our Jason Kersey and Trent Shadid talked about all this and more in our Borderline Erotic podcast on Wednesday. Worth a listen ahead of spring practice next week.

Baseball keeps rolling, but test awaits

Coach Dave Van Horn’s Diamond Hogs team won their sixth straight game on Wednesday, beating New Orleans, 5-2.

Next up comes a series with far more postseason implications.

Arkansas infielder Carson Shaddy (courtesy Arkansas athletics)

Arkansas heads to Columbia, Mo., to play the Tigers in a three-game series this weekend. Missouri has won 20 straight games after losing its first of the season. The Tigers sit atop the SEC East, like Arkansas in the SEC West, with a 3-0 record.

Friday night’s game from Mizzou starts at 6:30 p.m. CT.

On Campus

  • Arkansas women’s tennis, ranked 18th in the country, handled Tulsa, 6-1, on Wednesday. Tulsa, ranked 32nd in the country, isn’t exactly a walkover. Arkansas (14-4, 4-1 in SEC) has wrapped up its nonconference schedule.
  • The nationally ranked (22nd) Arkansas softball team beat St. Louis on Wednesday by the same score their male counterparts beat New Orleans – 5-2. Ashley Diaz hit her third home run of the season to provide the Razorbacks their 22nd win on the year.

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