crime update

A male student reported to UAPD that someone broke into his vehicle in Lot 74B and stole his shotgun sometime between Feb. 22-28, according to the UAPD Daily Crime Log.

The student reported that the gun’s case and some money was stolen as well, according to the crime log. UAPD has no leads at this time, and the investigation is ongoing, said UAPD Capt. Gary Crain.

In 2015, the Arkansas state legislature passed Act 1078, which permits concealed-carry permit holders to store handguns in their vacant, locked cars in public parking lots and garages. This includes lots on public K-12, college and university campuses. The law’s text does not address the storage of long guns, such as shotguns.

As part of its investigation, UAPD will consult state and local statutes to determine if the student violated the law or university policy by storing his weapon in his car. If he did, he may be subject to disciplinary action, Crain said.

In 2017, the state codified Act 562, an enhanced-carry law that allows special permits for those 21 and older to concealed-carry handguns in most buildings on Arkansas college campuses. This statute has no bearing on this case, Crain said.

This is an ongoing report. The Arkansas Traveler will update this story as information is made available.

Sarah Komar is a staff reporter for The Arkansas Traveler.

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