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Arkansas wide receiver Jared Cornelius doesn't care for HB1249.

Arkansas players express displeasure with gun law

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Whatever the reason, the Arkansas Legislature has reneged on its allowance of firearms at state university sporting events.

A day after Governor Asa Hutchinson signed HB1249 into law, Natural State senators drafted and passed an exemption to the bill. The exemption removes athletic venues and the University of Arkansas Medical School and hospital from having to allow concealed weapons to patrons. Those with a concealed carry license and the requisite training would have been allowed to bring guns into such venues as Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium and Bud Walton Arena.

The Arkansas House of Representatives still must pass the exemption as well. Hutchinson said late Thursday afternoon he was for the exemptions, suggesting if the House passes it, Hutchinson will sign it.

Razorbacks wide receiver Jared Cornelius was especially vocal about his opposition to it. In a pair of since-deleted tweets, Cornelius suggested, with emojis, guns in the stadium mixed with alcohol could lead to violence. A second tweet, sent about an hour later, lamented that players were not allowed to play potentially offensive music pre-game in the stadium, but fans could bring guns into the stadium.

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What remains of Jared Cornelius’ now-deleted tweet

Arkansas defensive back Kevin Richardson did not delete his tweet.

It seems it’s now only a matter of time until the exemptions are fully complete in Arkansas’ Congress and signed by the governor.

More of your tax dollars at work

Also in the Senate on Thursday, one of Arkansas’ elected officials proposed NCAA basketball officials get better at their jobs.

A resolution isn’t a law or anything. It simply a state of address, meaning the senator wanted to make it official the legislature was displeased with the quality of NCAA basketball officiating.

Part of the resolution read:

Undoubtedly, this was because of the curious officiating in Arkansas’ second-round loss to North Carolina on Sunday in the NCAA Tournament.

Senator Keith Ingram was the one who proposed the resolution.

So, yeah, all in all, it was a busy day in the Arkansas Senate.

Huge baseball series

Well, as huge as the second SEC series of the season can possibly be.

The Arkansas baseball team heads to Columbia, Mo., Friday for the first of a three-game set with the SEC East-leading Tigers. Missouri was the first team to beat Arkansas in an SEC series during the Diamond Hogs’ stretch of not winning a single one over their last eight in 2016.

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Arkansas baseball coach Dave Van Horn (Courtesy Arkansas Athletics)

These aren’t the same Razorbacks (18-4, 3-0), though. Arkansas sits atop the SEC West, itself. A series win against Mizzou, on the road no less, would signal the Diamond Hogs as legitimately “back.” The same could be said for the Tigers, who have won 20 straight games after opening the season with a loss. Both teams had sweeps in their respective SEC-opening series last weekend. Arkansas beat Mississippi State and Missouri defeated Alabama.

First pitch is at noon Friday after the threat of nasty weather pushed forward the originally scheduled evening start time.

ICYMI

  • Now, we all know animals can’t send gifts, but Arkansas mascot Tusk’s “sending of flowers” to Boulder, Colo., after Ralphie IV’s death this week was a pretty cool move by U of A.
  • The switch to the 3-4 defense will be all the talk of spring practice for Arkansas when it begins next week. Arkansas is making the jump from a 4-2-5 alignment last year and our Jason Kersey details what exactly we should all look for when practice begins.

Yee-Haw! Today in Arkansas

I’m not an attorney, a judge or anybody with a legal background, other than the two years in college I spent in pre-law. (Don’t ask)

But it seems to me this lady should have been required to pay more than $3,000 bail.

A Little Rock woman was busted driving the wrong way on two different interstates Thursday morning. She made it a total of 13 miles before stopping and is charged with driving while intoxicated, refusal to submit, driving the wrong way on a road and reckless driving. She is schedule to appear in court April 23.

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