US, state laws draw no-guns circles at UALR – Arkansas Online

When a state law allowing guns on Arkansas college campuses goes into effect later this year, most of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock will be exempt because of a high school moving in, according to the charter school’s chief executive.

Starting in August, eStem High School will have a presence on the campus, and federal law prohibits guns within “1,000 feet from the grounds of a public, parochial or private school,” with some exceptions.

The partnership between eStem and UALR is unique to the state, though some other campuses — like the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville — also may see some guns-zone exemptions because of bordering high schools, according to a newspaper analysis.

The analysis found that the guns-free zone in Little Rock will likely bisect several buildings and a cluster of student dormitories.

John Bacon, chief executive of eStem Public Charter Schools, said in an email: “We will set the zone as wide as possible to include all buildings being used regularly by eStem students.”

UALR Chancellor Andrew Rogerson said he is relying on the eStem schools to develop policies related to the guns-free zone.

“It really is an eStem issue rather than a university issue,” he said. “We’ve got our own problem to deal with in how we’re going to police the new policy.”

Bacon said two buildings on the UALR campus are likely to be designated high-school zones.

Larson Hall will be the eStem high school’s home for the 2017-18 school year, and Donaghey Student Center will have a specified breakfast- and lunch-serving area for the high school students’ daily use.

Bacon noted that in 2019 the school plans to add classroom space in Ross Hall — which is next to Larson Hall — and that will expand the guns-free zone.

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