LITTLE ROCK — A bill that began life as a proposal to allow concealed handguns on college campuses passed Thursday in the Senate in a new version that also would allow guns to be carried at the state Capitol, airports, bars and several other places.

House Bill 1249 by Rep. Charlie Collins, R-Fayetteville, had been stalled in the Senate Judiciary Committee, but the Senate approved a motion by Sen. Jim Hendren, R-Sulphur Springs, to extract the bill from the committee and bring it to the Senate floor.

The Senate then voted 21-8 to adopt an amendment by Hendren to the contentious bill — which senators had amended six times previously — and suspended its rules so it could vote on the bill in the same day it was amended. After some debate, the chamber approved the bill in an 18-9 vote, giving it exactly the number of votes needed for passage in the 35-member Senate.

The bill now goes to the House for consideration of the Senate’s changes.

Collins is the sponsor of a 2013 law that allows faculty and staff of public colleges and universities who have concealed-carry permits to carry concealed handguns on campus, unless the school’s governing body opts not to allow them to. To date no school has chosen to allow guns on campus.

This year, Collins filed HB 1249, which sought to remove the schools’ ability to bar faculty and staff from carrying concealed handguns. The bill passed in the House with the support of the National Rifle Association, but the NRA withdrew its support after senators amended the bill to allow anyone age 25 or older to carry a concealed handgun on campus after completing up to 16 hours of active-shooter training.

In its current form, which has the support of the NRA and Gov. Asa Hutchinson, the bill would allow a person age 21 or older with a concealed-carry permit to complete up to eight hours of additional training to qualify to carry a concealed handgun on state grounds including the Capitol or a state college campus and in any other meeting place of the Legislature or a legislative committee, most state offices, an airport, a bar, a polling place or an athletic event.

It would not allow guns to be carried into courtrooms, K-12 public schools or facilities of the state Department of Correction or the state Department of Community Correction.

The training course would be developed by the Arkansas State Police. Four of the eight hours of training could be waived if a person has completed the regular training for a concealed-carry permit within the past 10 years.

The bill would not allow guns to be stored in a college dormitory or residence hall, although concealed handguns could be carried in those places.

Sen. Trent Garner, R-El Dorado, who carried the bill in the Senate, told senators Thursday the measure has ” a rocky history to say the least” but that “because of the struggle, we have a good bill.”

Rep. Will Bond, D-Little Rock, said the bill goes too far in expanding gun rights.

“I think we’ve lost all of our common sense on gun issues and now is the time to say, ‘Hey, this is a step too far at this time for Arkansas,’” he said.

Sen. Linda Collins-Smith, R-Pocahontas, said she signed on as a co-sponsor of HB 1249 but could no longer support it because of the training requirement that was added.

“This bill … has been prostituted. It is nothing like it started. It has been flipped upside-down,” she said.

Collins-Smith said after the Senate adjourned that she hopes to present in the Senate Judiciary Committee a rival campus-carry bill as well as other bills she said would strengthen Second Amendment rights.