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NCAA: Say NO to College Athletics in Arkansas Wherever Concealed Weapons Are Allowed

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On March 22nd, 2017, Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson signed Act 562 into law, which is an expansion of gun rights in Arkansas.  Act 562 allows individuals who complete eight hours of "active shooter" training to carry concealed weapons into many places, including college campuses and at college sporting events.  

We believe that allowing concealed weapons on a college campuses is a highly dangerous idea, and allowing concealed weapons into collegiate sporting events is a recipe for disaster.

Fans at college sporting events are passionate, frequently angry, and highly emotional.  In addition, it is a time-honored tradition at many universities to "tailgate" before football games.  For many game attendees, tailgating is practically synonymous with the consumption of alcoholic beverages.  

The combination of alcohol consumption, firearms, and the passions aroused by attending athletic events is a prospect that is beyond troubling.  

Act 562 invites potentially deadly consequences at NCAA-sanctioned sporting events--disaster for fans, players from both teams, team officials, and referees.  


WE, THE UNDERSIGNED, ask the NCAA to protect its student-athletes and use its power to compel a change in Act 562 by:

1.  Refusing to schedule any and all NCAA-sanctioned tournaments and competitions at Arkansas sporting facilities that allow the carrying of concealed weapons; 

2.  Announcing its support for a repeal of Act 562; and

3.  Requiring, via NCAA policy, that NCAA-sanctioned athletic programs prioritize the safety of its athletes, fans, and officials by disallowing the carrying of concealed weapons at NCAA-sanctioned athletic events.




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