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Lawmakers Approve Changes to Enhanced Concealed Carry License

by Curtis Lanning

(NWA Politics) — The Arkansas Legislative Council approved two changes to the enhanced concealed carry license process on Friday, officials say.

Rep. Jim Dotson, R-Bentonville, said the first change prevents concealed carry instructors who don’t currently have certification to offer courses for the enhanced concealed carry license from losing their credentials to offer regular concealed carry courses until January 1, 2020.

Some firearms instructors said they didn’t want to offer enhanced concealed carry courses, which they needed additional certification for, according to Dotson. But, until Friday’s changes were approved, if they didn’t get certified to teach enhanced concealed carry courses, they would have lost their credentials to teach regular concealed carry courses.

Sen. Trent Garner, R-El Dorado, said this first change would give lawmakers time to make a permanent fix for this law in the 2019 session.

The second change relates to a waiver for four of the required additional training hours to receive the enhanced concealed carry license. Before Friday’s changes, Dotson said, rules allowed those with firearms experience to waive some of the training needed to get their enhanced concealed carry license, but they weren’t very specific.

Now, a person who has received concealed carry permit training in the last decade may waive those four hours during their enhanced concealed carry permit training, according to Dotson.

Garner said changes to the rules also allow a person with no concealed carry permit training to get both that and the enhanced concealed carry license training done in one day.

“The changes should bring us back into the original intent of the law. Happy to work with Arkansas State Police to build on our success with the enhanced carry,” the senator said.

The enhanced concealed carry permit law was introduced by Rep. Charlie Collins, R-Fayetteville, and allows those who earn it to carry firearms in additional places like college campuses, bars and more. For more information about the permit, click here.

(This article was originally featured on NWA Politics.)

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