Arkansas Gun Laws

Arkansas Gun Laws

Arkansas State Gun And Self-Defense Laws: YOU MUST ABIDE WITH ALL LAWS: STATE, FEDERAL AND LOCAL. Always Consult An Attorney              

Rifles & Shotguns Handguns
Permit to Purchase NO NO
Registration of Firearms NO NO
Licensing of Owners NO NO
Permit to Carry NO *YES

*October 2018: Arkansas gun laws allow concealed carry permits to be issued to residents only. No permit is required when you are “upon a journey” beyond your county of residence. However, there is still some confusion regarding this law and it will need to be sorted out by the courts. Training and background checks are required for new permit applications.

Open carry is permitted in some counties. The Attorney General has stated that Permitless carry either open or concealed while in a vehicle while on a “Journey” is legal in Arkansas. But that is not the current law only his opinion. The law is a bit confusing as it states you need apermit to carry in your home county.

Duty to retreat before using Deadly force outside of Special Places  YES
Crimes Justifying use of Deadly Force outside of Special Places Felony involving force or violence
Duty to Retreat when occupying special Places - Special places Mentioned in Statute such as Home, Workplace, Occupied Vehicle No - Dwelling or curtilage
Presumption of Reasonableness in Special Places - Unlawful Acts justifying use of Deadly Force in Special Places Yes - Arson, burglary
Immunity from Civil liability Yes
Notable Provisions of this State's Self-Defense Law N/A

How to obtain a Concealed Carry Permit in Arkansas

The Director of the Department of Arkansas State Police may issue a license to carry a concealed handgun to a person qualified by state law.  CLICK HERE:

For new licenses issued after July 31, 2007, the license to carry a concealed handgun is valid throughout the state for a period of five (5) years from the date of issuance.

Applicants are responsible for obtaining a complete, classifiable set of fingerprints. It is strongly suggested that fingerprinting be accomplished by a trained fingerprint technician, either through your local law enforcement agency or a private fingerprinting business.

Your Concealed Handgun Safety Instructor may make provisions for this service. Even though your fingerprints may have been done before, and may be on file with the FBI, they will have to be submitted again.

After you complete and pay for your license online, you must contact a Concealed Handgun Instructor and complete the required training for a concealed handgun license. You will receive a confirmation number from this online system that your instructor will need to include on the training certificate.