Arkansas

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Arkansas

  • You must be 21 years old or;
  • 18 years if a member of the US Armed Forces or National Guard.
  • Have been a resident of Arkansas for the last 90 days.
  • Have read the Arkansas concealed carry law.
  • You are a US citizen or legal resident.
  • You have completed an approved firearms training class.
  • Have not within the last five (5) years been convicted of the offense of carrying a weapon.
  • Federal Law – Prohibits the following persons 

Follow these steps to obtain a permit;

Online applications are preferred

    1. Take the CHCL firearms safety class.
    2. Within six months of finishing your firearms course apply online.
    3. Write your confirmation number (order ID) on your training certificate.
    4. Visit your local law enforcement agency to have your fingerprints taken.
    5. As soon as possible after your online application, submit a full set of fingerprints and a certificate of training. Include a check or money order for the fee made payable to “Arkansas State Police”.
    6. Mail your Fingerprint cards and training page to;

Arkansas State Police,
CHCL Section,
1 State Plaza Drive,
Little Rock, AR 72209

RENEWALS

  • A late fee of $15 will apply if your license has expired.
  • A new application will be required if your license has been expired for more than six months.
  • There is no reduction in fee’s based on a persons age for renewals.

Online Renewals
When you have payed online for your license you will need to contact a Firearms Instructor and complete the required training. The trainer will need to place a confirmation number on your training certificate that is supplied by the online system.

State Info for online renewals

LICENSE FEE’S

New Permits:
Mailed In
$137
$87 (65 years or older
)

Online Application
$142.11 (64 years or younger)
$90.61 (65 years or older)

Renewal:
$62.80
$78.25 late renewal (expired less than six months)

Accepted forms of payment
Credit card and E-checks

NOTE
There is a $15 late fee for renewals if the license has expired and there is no fee reduction based on age for renewals.

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Places Allowed

  • State parks
  • State and national forests
  • Road side rest areas
  • Vehicle
  • All areas of the state – except those listed below 

Places Not Allowed

  • Any police, sheriff or Arkansas State Police office.
  • Arkansas Highway Police facility.
  • Detention facility, prison or jail.
  • Courthouse or courtroom.
  • Any polling place.
  • Meeting place of any government entity.
  • Meeting place of any session of the Arkansas General Assembly or committee of the General Assembly.
  • Any athletic event not related to firearms competition in which the license holder is participating.
  • Any part or section of an establishment licensed to dispense alcoholic beverages for consumption on the premises, except a restaurant.
  • Any part of section of an establishment in which alcohol is consumed on the premises, except a restaurant.
  • Any school, college, community college, or university campus building or school/college event unless the event is for the purpose of participating in an authorized firearms related activity.
  • Inside the passenger terminal of any airport, unless the handgun is encased for shipment by lawful transportation.
  • Any church or other place of worship.
  • Any place where a property owner or manager has exercised discretion to prohibit the possession of a firearm.
  • Participating in a parade or demonstration for which a permit is required.
  • At a private residence without having first advised the occupants that the license holder is carrying a concealed weapon and given the permission to carry the handgun.
  • Any place where the carrying of firearms is prohibited by Federal Law. 

Arkansas

Yes
In 2013 the law changed rather dramatically causing confusion on this point. The Attorney General states that open carry without a permit is allowed legally in his eyes. BUT, it’s important to know this is not law and you can face severe legal penalty so be cautious with open carry.
Yes
If you don’t have a permit you need to place your unloaded handgun in a case. It’s illegal to put you gun in the glove compartment. The law is confusing on the grounds of what’s considered a “Journey” and the legality of carrying your handgun. It’s best to be cautious of error on the safe side.
Yes
You can carry in forests, state parks, and roadside rest areas.
Yes
This really depends on if the establishment has a “No Gun” sign as to if you can carry in the restaurant. You are not allowed to carry if the establishment sells alcohol.
Yes
Arkansas is one of the growing number of states allowing Constitutional Carry were you’re not required to have a permit to carry a concealed firearm if you’re 21 or older.
Yes
“No Weapons” has the force of law in Arkansas. You will face severe legal penalties for not following the signage.
Yes
You must notify law enforcement of your possession of a handgun if you’re approached on official business.

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Quick Facts

Open Carry

Yes

Carry In Vehicle

Yes

Carry In State Parks

Yes

Carry In Restaurants

Yes

Constitutional Carry

Yes

No Weapons Signs Enforced

Yes

Must Notify Officer

Yes
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