|Open Carry Permitted?||Yes|
|Carry In Vehicle?||Yes|
|Carry In State Park?||Yes|
|Carry In Restaurants?||Yes|
|No Weapon Sign Enforced?||Yes|
|Must Notify Officer?||Yes|
Any individual who has a permit to conceal carry in another U.S. state is legally allowed to carry a firearm in Arkansas. During their time in Arkansas, they will be subject to the laws of the county and state.
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.
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.
You can carry in forests, state parks, and roadside rest areas.
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.
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.
“No Weapons” has the force of law in Arkansas. You will face severe legal penalties for not following the signage.
You must notify law enforcement of your possession of a handgun if you’re approached on official business.