FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Fans at Arkansas games will soon be able to carry concealed weapons, including guns, into Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium.
Gov. Asa Hutchinson signed a law on Wednesday allowing weapons in various publicly funded buildings across Arkansas. The Razorbacks’ home football stadium is included, as are basketball’s Bud Walton Arena and other athletic venues at the university.
The law was known as HB1249 in Arkansas legislature. Other locations where guns are allowed include is the state Capitol and other buildings at state colleges. The law goes into effect Sept. 1.
The University of Arkansas athletic department did not immediately comment on the bill’s passage.
State-funded colleges have no say whether they can opt out of the law. They were allowed to prohibit weapons until the law’s passage.
Not until 2018
It is unlikely, however, Natural State residents can bring weapons to games until 2018. Police departments anticipate being prepared to handle the adjustment by then, according to The Associated Press.
Indoor clubs at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium serve alcohol. Under the new law, attendees in those clubs would also be able to bring their weapons.
Other items previously banned inside stadiums and arenas will still be prohibited. Those include umbrellas and food and beverages from outside sources.