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Arkansas Gun Laws

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Arkansas Gun Laws Quick Facts

Open Carry Permitted? Yes
Carry In Vehicle? Yes
Carry In State Park? Yes
Carry In Restaurants? Yes
Constitutional Carry? Yes
No Weapon Sign Enforced? Yes
Must Notify Officer? Yes

Arkansas CCW Reciprocity List

States Honoring CCW

  • Alabama
  • Alaska
  • Arizona
  • Colorado
  • Delaware
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Idaho
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Maine
  • Michigan
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • Montana
  • Nebraska
  • Nevada
  • New Hampshire
  • New Mexico
  • North Carolina
  • North Dakota
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • Pennsylvania
  • South Carolina
  • South Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Vermont
  • Virginia
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin
  • Wyoming

States NOT Honoring CCW

  • California
  • Connecticut
  • District of Columbia
  • Illinois
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Oregon
  • Rhode Island
  • Wisconsin

Honors These States CCW Permits

  • Alabama
  • Alaska
  • Arizona
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Hawaii
  • Idaho
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • Montana
  • Nebraska
  • Nevada
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • New Mexico
  • New York
  • North Carolina
  • North Dakota
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • Oregon
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • South Carolina
  • South Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Vermont
  • Virginia
  • Washington
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin
  • Wyoming

How Reciprocity Works In Arkansas

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.

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Reciprocity Agreements In Arkansas

Arkansas: Where Is CCW Allowed?

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: Conceal Carry Laws

Open Carry

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.

Carry In Vehicle

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.

Carry In State Parks

Yes

You can carry in forests, state parks, and roadside rest areas.

Carry In Restaurants

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.

Constitutional Carry

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.

No Weapon Signs Enforced

Yes

“No Weapons” has the force of law in Arkansas. You will face severe legal penalties for not following the signage.

Must Notify Officer

Yes

You must notify law enforcement of your possession of a handgun if you’re approached on official business.

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