Arkansas Gun Laws are derived from the Constitutional Provision of the state that says, “The citizens of this State shall have the right to keep for their common defense.” In general, Arkansas Gun Laws do not require a permit to purchase guns, registration and licensing of owners. But a permit to carry a handgun is required.
Validity of Permits Issued Under Arkansas Gun Laws
There are 36 states that recognize concealed carry permits issued in Arkansas. The concealed carry permits issued in the same states are also recognized by Arkansas Gun Laws.
These are the states wherein Arkansas Gun Laws share reciprocity:
- Louisiana (State only)
- Maine, Michigan
- New Hampshire
- North Carolina
- North Dakota (Class 1 only)
- South Carolina
- South Dakota
- West Virginia
Rules and Prohibitions Under Arkansas Gun Laws
Arkansas Gun Laws prescribe the following rules and prohibitions in the possession, use, transportation, transfer or sale of firearms:
1. It is illegal for a person who is below 18 years old to possess a gun without the consent of his parent or guardian. Likewise, it is prohibited to let a convicted felon, illegal substance abuser, addicted to alcohol or psychologically impaired individual to possess a gun. But if the sanction of the felony, acts of violence or offense related to weapon possession has been served in the preceeding five years or three years have passed since the substance abuser completed his treatment, the person will already be eligible to own and apply for a handgun permit to carry.
2. Possession of a gun in hunting grounds shall immediately mean that the person is engaged in hunting. Thus, he is required to surrender his firearm for inspection to a wildlife officer or a person authorized by the Game Commission if asked.
3. A person is not permitted to carry a gun that does not have a license or that can be readily used as a weapon against another individual. Carrying guns in schools, school bus, polling place, places of worship, state-owned buildings, state-organized meetings, airports or places specifically prohibited by federal and Arkansas Gun Laws are not allowed too. The only exemptions to these restrictions are the following:
- If the person is within his legal dwelling place, business or property.
- The wielder is a law enforcement officer, member of the Armed Forces or prison guard who is carrying the gun in connection to his official duties. Any person duly authorized to assist the mentioned personnel is also allowed to carry a gun during his official duty only.
- The carrier is engaged in hunting activities.
- The person carrying a gun is participating in a school-sanctioned sporting activity or state-recognized event involving guns.
4. Arkansas law enforcers have the legal presumption that carrying an unloaded gun or a firearm stored in a secure and locked container is not intended to be used as a weapon. However, this presumption is still a subject to the decision of the jury when the matter is taken to the court of law.
5. The permit issued under Arkansas Gun Laws is good for one year and up to three handguns can be included in it. This and a valid ID should be carried together with the gun always. The permit does not apply to semi-automatic handguns.
6. Possession of a machine gun should be registered with the Secretary of the State and subject to the provisions of the Federal Law.
7. The serial number or identification marks of the firearm must remain unaltered and visible.
8. Discharging a gun across a public road or right of way is illegal.
Requirements of Concealed Carry Permit Under Arkansas Gun Laws
A person applying for a permit for concealed carry should have the following requirements:
1. At least 21 years old and a resident of the state for at least 90 days.
2. Does not possess the disqualifying factors in possessing a gun which were mentioned in the previous section. In addition to those, the person should be clear of cases involving violent acts.
3. Must complete the application form, pass the safety course, furnish all the necessary documents that would support his application and pay the fees mandated by the State Police Department.
5. Must take a written oath administered by the Director of State Police.
6. Should possess a driver’s license or social security number.
7. He should pass the investigation conducted by the FBI’s NICS.
The state or its political subdivisions cannot pass or enforce an ordinance limiting firearms or ammunitions, unless stated by Federal Laws. However, this does not include regulations in terms of discharging firearms.