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The Latest: Arkansas governor backs gun law changes


Arkansas' governor says he supports efforts to exempt college sporting events and the state's medical school from a new law greatly expanding where concealed handguns are allowed.


The Republican governor said in a statement Thursday that he supports the changes approved by the Senate to the concealed handguns law he signed into law a day earlier. The new law allows people with a concealed handgun to carry at colleges, some bars, government buildings and even the state Capitol if they undergo up to eight hours of active shooter training.


The proposed changes have been sent to the House for a vote.


Hutchinson cited the "unique" nature of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences as a teaching hospital and said the sporting events exemption addresses a concern from many in the state.