State Laws

Arkansas Gun Laws


Arkansas Gun Law Details
As widely interpreted, the second amendment of the U.S. Constitution allows citizens to "keep arms." Even with that type of protection for gun owners, individual states still have a responsibility and legal obligation to regulate gun purchases and possession. Each state has its own set of laws governing firearms. Arkansas gun laws reflect the strong cultural ties to gun ownership while still providing for basic restrictions to maintain safety for the citizens.

Buying and Owning a Firearm in Arkansas
In Arkansas, you do not need a permit to buy or own a handgun, a rifle or a shotgun. However, if you have been convicted of a felony or determined to have mental incapacity or were ever committed to a mental facility, you are not allowed to own or buy a firearm. Additionally, it is against the law to provide a firearm to anyone under the age of 18 without the permission from their parent or legal guardian.

You are restricted from having a gun in your vehicle for the sole purpose of using it against another person. In other words, it's okay to transport a firearm to a shooting range or hunting trip but not with the intention of using it for a crime. You also can't have a gun on any school or college property or on a school bus.

Arkansas Concealed Gun Laws
If you obtain a proper license, you are allowed to carry a concealed handgun in Arkansas. You'll need to apply for this license at the State Police offices. There you'll be asked to provide personal contact information. In addition, you'll be required to submit to a background check performed by the FBI. You will need to be at least 21 years old and a resident of Arkansas for at least one year. You'll also have to pass a handgun safety training course sponsored by the Arkansas State Police.

The same general firearm restrictions apply to obtaining a concealed carry license. You can not be a convicted felon or certified mentally unstable person. You can also be denied a conceal carry license if you had gone through any alcohol or substance abuse treatment program in the previous three years. You also can't have been convicted of carrying any type of firearm in the past five years.

Even with the concealed carry license there are still restrictions. You are not allowed to carry a concealed handgun into any police or State police station, any courthouse or jail, any restaurant or bar that serves alcohol, any state office building, any place of worship or any airport terminal.

Additional Arkansas Gun Laws
It is against the law in Arkansas to intentionally remove any serial number or other identifying mark on a firearm. Also, it is against the law to own any firearm with those numbers or markings removed. You can't shoot your weapon across a public road. If your firearm is considered to be a replica or antique, the same rules apply.

If you intend to own an automatic weapon, that firearm needs to be registered with the Arkansas secretary of state. You'll also have to register that type of weapon with the federal government's bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF).

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