Grab the burgers, the cooler, the koozies, and your favorite handgun because Arkansas just made it legal to carry concealed weapons at sporting events.
San Antonio Express News reported on Wednesday that Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson signed a bill into law legalizing concealed carry at state colleges, some bars, government buildings, the State Capitol, and sporting events located in government-owned facilities.
“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 said at a press conference.
The law is set to begin on September 1st, but people won’t be able to bring weapons inside locations until 2018.
Some Democratic members of the state legislature are already worried that tailgating and high passion surrounding football may be problematic and could result in violence.
“People like to have a good time before the game, during the game, people get emotional and angry during the game,” Democratic Rep. Greg Leding said. “I think the idea of introducing loaded weapons into those situations is just ridiculous.”