State Gun Laws for Arkansas
Arkansas State Gun And Self-Defense Laws: YOU MUST ABIDE WITH ALL LAWS: STATE, FEDERAL AND LOCAL. *Always Consult An Attorney.
home, workplace, occupied vehicle.
How to obtain a Concealed Carry Permit in Arkansas
* No Permit To Carry Update!: * This rests on court rulings. State law prohibits carrying a handgun with the "purpose to attempt to unlawfully employ the handgun ... as a weapon against a person;" Ark. Code 5-73-120(a). Courts have interpreted this as requiring the possessor of a handgun to have an unlawful intent to employ it as a weapon against a person in order to make that possession a criminal act.
***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.
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.
Arkansas Sate Gun Laws Vary From All Other States
State gun laws vary significantly from in Arkansas to all other states. The laws identify different gun related laws including the possession, the use, and the sale of firearms and ammunition, and in some states it even regulates accessories that can be used on the gun including the capacity of magazine sizes for both semi-automatic rifles, shotguns, and handguns. Also, many states even including Arkansas have regulations regarding the number of rounds that can be in a shotgun tube or magazine. (For Hunting) There are even specific gun laws unique to the District of Columbia and for US held territories.
Many state gun laws are even more restrictive than federal laws in both their content, their form, and the restriction of what types of weapons and ammunition can be sold within the state and the manner in which they can be possessed by state or territorial residents. It is vital that all residents of Arkansas know ALL of the State Gun Laws!
As of 2019 there are 44 states that have some special provisions in their state constitutions that are very similar in language used in the second amendment of the United States Constitution, specifically language which protects the citizens of the State the rights to keep and bear arms.
In Arkansas As In All States You Must Know The Gun Laws
The states which are well known to be anti-gun, and seem to have obvious political leanings against the Second Amendment are New York, California, New Jersey, Iowa, Minnesota and Maryland. Luckily, in the US supreme court decision of McDonald vs. Chicago; That the protections of the Second Amendment to keep and bear arms for self defense in one’s home apply against state governments and their politically motivated provisions, thereby preventing a state from abolishing completely any second amendment protections afforded by the US Constitution.
Typically, and in many cases State Gun Laws (Firearms) of Arkansas are usually less restrictive than federal laws yet is not always the case, and one must be aware of these restrictions anytime they are purchasing or carrying a firearm in Arkansas especially while using a concealed carry permit and traveling between states. There are many states that have reciprocity agreements and Arkansas may be one of them, the recipocity are very specific on what states your particular permit will be accepted and recognized.
If You Travel From Arkansas With A Gun Know The Recipocity Laws!
Keep in mind that although your Arkansas permit may have a reciprocity agreement with a state you plan to visit the visiting state may have individual gun restrictions preventing your particular firearm or type of ammunition from being in their state, it is always wise to do your homework before traveling, keep in mind that a reciprocity CCW permit is not a blanket approval.
Remember this does not automatically include any de jure immunity against prosecution for violating any Arkansas state gun laws or possible violations of any federal gun laws!
It should be noted that Arkansas state and local police departments are generally not legally required or obligated to enforce federal gun laws as per the US Supreme Court ruling in Printz vs. The United States.
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