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I can legally carry a concealed firearm in Arkansas, but can I wear a COVID 19 protective mask while carrying concealed?

Based on our most recent research, the USCCA has identified just two states with statutes against carrying a concealed firearm while wearing a mask: California and Illinois (although sheriffs and county prosecutors in Illinois have made statements indicating that wearing a mask to protect others from COVID-19 while carrying a gun isn’t illegal as long as the wearer isn’t wearing the mask while committing a crime). Due to the large number of inquiries, some states have publicly addressed their laws regarding wearing masks, clarifying that they actually refer to individuals concealing their identity with the intention to commit illegal acts or to specifically hide their identity, and do not address wearing a mask while legally carrying a concealed firearm. Although we have not conducted an exhaustive search, we found no statute in Arkansas addressing masks. The Arkansas State Police made a statement confirming that, “there’s no statutes as far as restrictions as far as wearing a mask and carrying concealed.” 

If you have further questions, we recommend that you reach out to your local law enforcement office, or district attorney.

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Summary of Arkansas Gun Laws

Arkansas is a shall-issue, permitless carry state with concealed weapons permits being issued at the state level by the Department of Public Safety.

There is no permit, background check or firearms registration required when buying a handgun from a private individual.

It is now clear that permitless open carry is legal without a permit in Arkansas for any person who is at least 18 years old and who can legally possess a firearm. As of October 17, 2018, the Arkansas Appeals Court stated in case CR-18-353 Jamie Taff v. State of Arkansas, “Under the clear language of § 5-73-120(a), the possessor of a handgun must have an unlawful intent to employ it as a weapon against a person in order to make that possession a criminal act.” The minimum age to open carry is 18 years old. Some areas are off-limits, including schools and bars.

Concealed carry is legal without a license for anyone that is over 18 who can legally possess a firearm and on “a journey (travel) beyond the county in which the person lives.” Concealed Handgun Carry Licenses (CHCL) are issued to residents at least 21 years of age or 18 years of age if a member of the U.S. Armed Forces or National Guard and require a firearms training course that has been state-approved. Enhanced concealed carry permits (E-CHCL) allow for carrying in some forbidden areas such as public colleges, most public buildings, non-secure locations in airports, churches and more. Although Arkansas doesn’t issue non-resident licenses, active-duty military and their spouses may apply for an Arkansas CHCL. In terms of reciprocity, since Arkansas has permitless carry, anyone who can legally possess a firearm may carry a concealed firearm on his or her person without a license or permit.

Self-Defense

The Castle Doctrine in Arkansas indicates that the right of an individual to defend himself or herself and the life of a person or property in the individual’s home against harm, injury or loss by a person unlawfully entering or attempting to enter or intrude into the home is a fundamental right to be preserved and promoted as a public policy in the state. Arkansas does not have a “stand your ground” law, and there is a duty to retreat before force can be used for self-defense outside of the home.

Use of Physical Force
A person is justified in using a degree of physical force that he or she reasonably believes to be necessary to defend him or herself or a third person from the use or imminent use of unlawful physical force.

Use of Deadly Physical Force in Defense of a Person
A person is justified in using deadly physical force if the person reasonably believes that the other person is:

  • Committing or about to commit a felony involving force or violence;
  • Using or about to use unlawful deadly physical force;  or
  • A pattern of domestic abuse.

A person may not use deadly physical force in self-defense if the person knows that he or she can avoid the necessity of using deadly physical force by retreating. However, a person is not required to retreat in the person’s dwelling or on the curtilage surrounding the person’s dwelling unless the person can retreat with complete safety and was not the original aggressor.

“Curtilage” means the land adjoining a dwelling that is convenient for residential purposes and habitually used for residential purposes but not necessarily enclosed, and includes an outbuilding that is directly and intimately connected with the dwelling and in close proximity to the dwelling.

Defense of Premises
A person in lawful possession or control of premises or a vehicle is justified in using non-deadly physical force when and to the extent that the person reasonably believes it is necessary to prevent or terminate the commission or attempted commission of a criminal trespass by the other person in or upon the premises or vehicle.

A person may use deadly physical force if the person reasonably believes the use of deadly physical force is necessary to prevent the commission of arson or burglary by a trespasser.

Use of Physical Force in Defense of Property
A person is justified in using non-deadly physical force when and to the extent that the person reasonably believes it is necessary to prevent or terminate the commission or attempted commission of theft or criminal mischief or the subsequent flight from the commission or attempted commission of theft or criminal mischief.

[Ark. Code §§ 5-2-606, 5-2-607, 5-2-608, 5-2-609 & 5-2-620]

Arkansas Gun Laws at a Glance

Open Carry/ Concealed Carry Basics

Permitless Carry?

Does Arkansas allow permitless carry?

Yes, for any person who is at least 18 years old and who can legally possess a firearm provided there is no unlawful intent involved.

Open Carry Permitted?

Is open carry permitted in Arkansas?

Yes, without a permit. Any person who is at least 18 years old and legally entitled to carry a firearm can open carry.

[Ark. Code § 5-7-120(a)]

Gun Permit Licensure?

If Arkansas requires a permit to carry a concealed firearm, how are those permits issued?

Shall issue.

[Ark. Code § 5-7-111]

Minimum Age for Concealed Carry?

What is the minimum age in Arkansas to get a concealed carry permit?

21.

Weapons Other Than Handguns Allowed?

Can you concealed carry weapons other than handguns in Arkansas with a concealed carry permit (or under permitless carry if applicable)?

No.

Tasers or Stun Guns?

Is it legal to own a taser or stun gun in Arkansas?

Yes. Stun guns and Tasers are legal to purchase and possess without a permit. The minimum age to purchase is 19 years old.

Chemical Spray/Pepper Spray?

Is it legal to buy or use chemical spray/pepper spray in Arkansas?

Yes. It is legal to possess a small container of tear gas or pepper spray to be used for self-defense purposes only, but the capacity of the cartridge or container shall not exceed 150cc.

[Ark. Code § 5-73-124]

Non-Resident Permitting?

Does Arkansas issue concealed carry permits to non-residents?

Yes, but only to members of the military stationed in Arkansas and their spouses.

[Ark. Code § 5-7-309]

Public Access to Concealed Carry Registry?

Does Arkansas allow the public to access concealed carry registry information through public records law?

No, however the information is available for law enforcement.

Carry Locations

Carry in Vehicle?

Can you carry a concealed handgun in a vehicle in Arkansas?

Yes, with a permit. Also without a permit under certain circumstances. As of October 17, 2018, the Arkansas Appeals Court stated in case CR-18-353 Jamie Taff v. State of Arkansas, “Under the clear language of § 5-73-120(a), the possessor of a handgun must have an unlawful intent to employ it as a weapon against a person in order to make that possession a criminal act.” In addition, § 5-73-120(c)(4) indicates it is permissible to carry a weapon when upon a journey beyond the county in which a person lives. Per § 5-73-120(c)(8) a person may carry a concealed handgun with a valid Arkansas license to carry a concealed handgun or a permit from a state Arkansas honors and is not in a prohibited place.​​​​​​​

[Ark. Code § 5-73-120]

Carry at Roadside Rest Areas?

Can you carry a concealed firearm at roadside rest areas in Arkansas?

Yes.

Carry in State/National Parks, State/National Forests and Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs)?

Can you carry a concealed firearm in state/national parks, state/national forests and Wildlife Management Areas in Arkansas?

Yes, but not in any building where a state office is located. See the National Parks webpage for links to each Park in Arkansas.

[Park Directive 3070]

Carry in Bars/Restaurants That Serve Alcohol?

Can you carry a firearm in bars and restaurants that serve alcohol in Arkansas?

You can concealed carry in the restaurant area of an eatery that serves alcohol with a concealed carry permit, unless posted. However, concealed carry is not allowed in bars or the bar areas of restaurants.

[Ark. Code § 5-73-306(12)]

Carry/Possess at a hotel?

Can you carry or possess a firearm on hotel property in Arkansas?

Arkansas statutes don't specifically address firearms at hotels. Please note that each hotel develops their own policies and the individual hotel should be contacted to inquire about it's concealed carry policy. See the Handguns at Hotels page for additional information.

Store in a Vehicle in an Employee Parking Lot?

Does Arkansas have laws relating to storing firearms in private vehicles in an employee parking lot?

It is legal for permit holders to store a handgun in a locked and unattended motor vehicle in a publicly owned and maintained parking lot.

[Ark. Code § 5-7-122(a)(3)]

A private employer shall not prohibit an employee who is a licensee from transporting or storing a legally owned handgun in the employee's private motor vehicle in the private employer's parking lot when the handgun:

  • Is lawfully possessed;
  • Is stored out of sight inside a locked private motor vehicle in the private employer's parking lot; and
  • Upon exit from the vehicle, it is stored inside a locked personal handgun storage container that is designed for the safe storage of a handgun.

Although there are specific exceptions to this law, generally a private employer shall not prohibit an employee who is a licensee from entering the parking lot of the private employer's place of business because the employee's private motor vehicle contains a handgun, if the handgun is kept for lawful purposes and is concealed and properly stored within the employee’s private motor vehicle.

[Ark. Code § 5-73-326]

Additional Related State Laws

Must Notify Officer You're Carrying?

Are you required to notify a police officer that you're carrying a concealed firearm in Arkansas?

Yes.

Magazine Limits for Handguns?

Does Arkansas have magazine capacity restrictions for handguns?

No.

Ammunition Restrictions?

Does Arkansas have ammunition restrictions?

No.

"No Weapons Allowed" Signs Enforced?

Are "No Weapons Allowed" signs enforced in Arkansas? If yes, violating the sign would be considered to be a crime. If no, violating the sign would not be considered a criminal offense.

Yes. No license to carry a concealed handgun issued pursuant to this subchapter authorizes any person to carry a concealed handgun into any of the following locations.

  • Any place at the discretion of the person or entity exercising control over the physical location by placing at each entrance to the place a written notice clearly readable at a distance of not less than 10 feet that "carrying a handgun is prohibited."
    • If the place does not have a roadway entrance, there shall be a written notice placed anywhere upon the premises. There shall be at least 1 written notice posted within every 3 acres of a place with no roadway entrance.
  • A written notice is not required for a private home.
  • Any licensee entering a private home shall notify the occupant that the licensee is carrying a concealed handgun.

[Ark. Code § 5-73-306(18)]

Preemption?

Does Arkansas have preemption laws related to concealed carry (i.e. Does state law supersede local laws regarding the possession of handguns)?

Yes. The authority to regulate firearms is reserved to the state, except local municipalities may regulate the unsafe discharge of firearms.

[Ark. Code § 14-16-504]
[Ark. Code Ann. §14-54-1411(b)(1)]

Red Flag Law?

Does Arkansas have a red flag law?

No.

Brandishing?

Does Arkansas state law define brandishing?

No. However, a person commits the offense of disorderly conduct if, with the purpose to cause public inconvenience, annoyance or alarm, or recklessly creating a risk of public inconvenience, annoyance or alarm, he or she engages in fighting or in violent, threatening or tumultuous behavior.

[Ark. Code. Ann § 5-71-207]

Carry While Using Alcohol or Controlled Substances?

Does Arkansas have laws regarding carrying a firearm while using alcohol or controlled substances?

Not addressed in state statutes.

As a responsibly armed American, regardless of the laws in your state, it is unwise to carry while under the influence of any substance that could impair your judgement, slow your reaction times or impact your decision-making abilities. Any decision you make while carrying a firearm could have life-altering consequences.

Handgun Purchase & Possession

Purchase Permits?

Is a permit required to purchase a handgun in Arkansas?

No.

Background Checks for Private Gun Sales?

Are background checks required for private gun sales in Arkansas?

No. Private firearms transfers are not subject to a background check requirement, although federal and state purchaser prohibitions, including age restrictions, still apply. It is recommended that you retain any sales receipts to prove ownership of the gun.

Arkansas Permit Exempts from Background Check?

Does my current Arkansas concealed carry permit exempt me from needing a background check when I purchase a firearm?

Yes.

Waiting Period?

Is there a waiting period after purchasing a handgun in Arkansas?

No.

Handgun Registration?

Do handguns need to be registered in Arkansas?

No.

Minimum Age to Possess and Transport?

What is the minimum age to possess and transport a handgun in Arkansas?

18 years old.

(a) A person commits the offense of furnishing a deadly weapon to a minor if he or she sells, barters, leases, gives, rents or otherwise furnishes a firearm or other deadly weapon to a minor without the consent of a parent, guardian or other person responsible for general supervision of the minor's welfare.

[§ 5-73-109]

Possess a handgun on my private property without a permit?

Can I possess/carry a handgun in my home without a permit?

Yes. Permitless carry is allowed in Arkansas for anyone legally entitled to carry a firearm. 

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Carry While Hunting

Carry While Gun Hunting?

Can you concealed carry while shotgun/rifle hunting in Arkansas?

Yes, provided the handgun otherwise lawfully possessed and is:

  1. For personal protection and is not employed for hunting; or
  2. A legal killing device under Commission regulations.

[Ark. Fish & Game Commission Regs 05.19

Carry While Bow Hunting?

Can you concealed carry while bowhunting in Arkansas?

Yes, provided the handgun otherwise lawfully possessed and is:

  1. For personal protection and is not employed for hunting; or
  2. A legal killing device under Commission regulations.

[Ark. Fish & Game Commission Regs 05.19

It is unlawful to have a firearm in one’s immediate possession while hunting bear, deer or turkey with archery tackle.
EXCEPTIONS:
(1) Legal firearms when and where a firearms bear or deer season is open.
(2) In compliance with 05.19, above.

[Ark. Fish & Game Commission Regs 06.05]

Hunter Harassment Law?

Is there a Hunter Harassment Law in Arkansas?

Yes. It is unlawful to willfully obstruct or impede the participation of any individual in the lawful activity of hunting, fishing or trapping. Provided that nothing in this regulation shall prohibit a landowner or lessee from exercising his lawful right to prohibit hunting, fishing or trapping on his land or from exercising any other legal right.

[Ark. F&G Commission Regs 05.37]

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State Constitutional Provision
The citizens of this State shall have the right to keep and bear arms, for their common defense."
ARTICLE 2, § 5

Arkansas Concealed Carry Reciprocity With Other States

Which states' permits does Arkansas honor?

Alabama (if at least 21 years old)
Alaska (if at least 21 years old)
Arizona (if at least 21 years old)
California (if at least 21 years old)
Colorado (if at least 21 years old)
Connecticut (if at least 21 years old)
Delaware (if at least 21 years old)
District of Columbia (if at least 21 years old)
Florida (if at least 21 years old)
Georgia (if at least 21 years old)
Hawaii (if at least 21 years old)
Idaho (if at least 21 years old)
Illinois (if at least 21 years old)
Indiana (if at least 21 years old)
Iowa (if at least 21 years old)
Kansas (if at least 21 years old)
Kentucky (if at least 21 years old)
Louisiana (if at least 21 years old)
Maine (if at least 21 years old)
Maryland (if at least 21 years old)
Massachusetts (if at least 21 years old)
Michigan (if at least 21 years old)
Minnesota (if at least 21 years old)
Mississippi (if at least 21 years old)
Missouri (if at least 21 years old)
Montana (if at least 21 years old)
Nebraska (if at least 21 years old)
Nevada (if at least 21 years old)
New Hampshire (if at least 21 years old)
New Jersey (if at least 21 years old)
New Mexico (if at least 21 years old)
New York (if at least 21 years old)
New York City (if at least 21 years old)
North Carolina (if at least 21 years old)
North Dakota (if at least 21 years old)
Ohio (if at least 21 years old)
Oklahoma (if at least 21 years old)
Oregon (if at least 21 years old)
Pennsylvania (if at least 21 years old)
Rhode Island (if at least 21 years old)
South Carolina (if at least 21 years old)
South Dakota (if at least 21 years old)
Tennessee (if at least 21 years old)
Texas (if at least 21 years old)
Utah (if at least 21 years old)
Vermont (if at least 21 years old)
Virginia (if at least 21 years old)
Washington (if at least 21 years old)
West Virginia (if at least 21 years old)
Wisconsin (if at least 21 years old)
Wyoming (if at least 21 years old)
Puerto Rico (if at least 21 years old)

Since Arkansas has permitless carry, any person who can legally possess a firearm may carry a concealed firearm on his or her person without a license or permit.


Other States' Reciprocity With Arkansas

Which states honor permits from Arkansas?

Note: Firearms must be carried in accordance with the laws of the state you are visiting. Be sure to check the laws of the other state before traveling there with your firearms.


States That Have Restricted Reciprocity with Arkansas

Arkansas offers resident and non-resident (members of the military stationed in Arkansas and their spouses) permits. If indicated with “Resident only” below, that state only honors Arkansas resident permits (and not those issued to non-residents).

Colorado (resident permits only)
Florida (resident permits only)
Michigan (resident permits only)
Pennsylvania (resident permits only)
South Carolina (resident permits only)

Permitless Carry States

Anyone who can legally possess a firearm may carry it concealed in permitless carry states without a permit/license. Check each state’s page for more information and any restrictions that may apply.

Arizona (if at least 21 years old)
Alaska (if at least 21 years old)
Idaho (at least 18 years old)
Kansas (if at least 21 years old)
Kentucky (if at least 21 years old)
Maine (if at least 21 years old)
Missouri (if at least 19 years old)
New Hampshire (if at least 18 years old)
Oklahoma (if at least 21 years old)
South Dakota (if at least 18 years old)
Vermont (if at least 18 years old)
West Virginia (if at least 21 years old)

Arkansas Concealed Carry Permit Information

Requirements:

An applicant must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen or legal resident;
  • Be at least 21 years of age or 18 years of age if a member of the U.S. Armed Forces, honorably discharged or National Guard;
  • Have been a resident of Arkansas for the last 90 days a member of the U.S. Armed Forces, honorably discharged or National Guard, or spouse of an active duty member of the military;
  • Not suffer from a mental or physical infirmity which prevents the safe handling of a handgun and not have threatened or attempted suicide;
  • Not have been convicted of a felony, without having been pardoned and had firearms possession rights restored, or have had the record sealed or expunged for a sentence prior to March 13, 1995;
  • Not be subject to any federal, state or local law which makes it unlawful to receive, possess or transport any firearm, and have had his or her background check successfully completed through the Department of Arkansas State Police and the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System;
  • Not chronically or habitually abuse controlled substances or alcoholic beverage to the extent that his or her normal faculties are impaired;
  • Have read the Arkansas concealed carry law;
  • Not have been adjudicated mentally incompetent;
  • Not have been voluntarily or involuntarily committed to a mental institution or mental health treatment facility;
  • Not be a fugitive from justice or does not have an active warrant for his or her arrest;
  • Have completed an approved firearms training class;
  • Not have been convicted of the offense of carrying a weapon within the last 5 years; 
  • Sign a statement of allegiance to the United States and Arkansas Constitutions; and
  • Meet federal law requirements.
Fees:

New license costs for anyone age 64 or younger

Online applications $91.90
Paper applications $88.25

New license costs for anyone age 66 or older

Online applications $66.15
Paper applications $63.25 

These costs include the online application and background check fee. Applicants are responsible for obtaining a complete, classifiable set of fingerprints and that cost is not included.

Renewal fees 

Online $52.50
Paper $50.00

Includes application and background check fees.

Late Renewals - expired less than six months require an additional $15 late fee.

Licenses expired over six months require the applicant to begin the application process with a new application.

Transfer from another state - $73.25, includes background check fee.

Arkansas State Police Concealed Handgun Carry Licensing Information

Valid For:

5 years

Processing Time:

120 days

Application:
Non-Resident Concealed Carry Permits:

Yes, but only for members of the military permanently stationed in Arkansas and their spouses. The process is the same as for residents.

Name/Address Changes:

For change of address, name or other information, complete the Change of Address/Name Notification Form and submit it in the mail or by email to the address listed on the form.

Lost/Stolen Permits:

You can submit a request for a new license online. The form must be notarized before submittal to the Arkansas State Police.

Residency Changes:

Moving to Arkansas and interested in applying for a resident license? How soon can you apply? Is your resident permit from your former state transferable to Arkansas? 
Arkansas issues licenses to residents and members of the military, National Guard and military spouses. You can apply for your license once you have been a resident of Arkansas for at least 90 days, meet the military requirements or if you are a spouse of an active duty member of the military. You can also transfer your previous resident permit by completing the new paper application above indicating Transfer Application.

Moving from Arkansas and have an Arkansas resident license? Does that license transfer to your new state? Is there a grace period during which your Arkansas license remains valid?
If a person with an Arkansas concealed handgun carry license establishes residency in another state, the license expires upon the establishment of residence in the other state.


Arkansas Concealed Carry Permit Application Process

How to Apply for a Arkansas Concealed Carry Permit

Step 1:

Take the CHCL firearms safety class for a CHCL. If applying for an enhanced CHCL, the enhanced training class is also required.

Step 2:

Apply online within 6 months of finishing your firearms safety class and write your confirmation number/order ID on your training certificate.

Step 3:

Have your fingerprints taken at your local law enforcement agency.

Step 4:

Submit your fingerprints, training certificate and fee to the Arkansas State Police at:

Arkansas State Police
CHCL Section
1 State Plaza Drive
Little Rock, AR 72209
Step 5:

You will be notified by mail if your application has been approved.

Enhanced Concealed Handgun Carry License (E-CHCL)

The Enhanced CHCL requires approximately 8 hours of additional classroom and gun-range training. The training course includes topics such as Arkansas firearms law, the rights and responsibilities of an Enhanced License holder, what to do in an active shooting, and all locations where the carry of concealed firearms remains prohibited. The applicant must also pass a shooting competency test. The E-CHCL allows enhanced carriers to bring guns into what the state calls "sensitive places," including:

  • Publicly owned buildings and facilities;
  • State Capitol grounds and the State Capitol building;
  • Any meeting place of the governing body of any governmental entity;
  • Any meeting place of the General Assembly or a committee of the General Assembly;
  • Any state office;
  • Athletic events;
  • A portion of an establishment licensed to dispense alcoholic beverages for consumption on the premises;
  • A portion of an establishment where beer or light wine is consumed on the premises;
  • Inside the passenger terminal of an airport;
  • Any church or other place of worship;
  • Any place where a parade or demonstration requiring a permit is being held, even when the licensee is a participant in the parade or demonstration; and
  • The buildings and grounds of a public university/college or community college.

For holders of valid CHCLs, there is a form to complete and an additional fee of $15 to cover the license replacement.


Firearms Training Requirements in Arkansas

A basic, approximately 5 hour training class is required to obtain a CHCL. It must include the following: 

  • Knowledge of Arkansas law relating to firearms and the use of deadly force;
  • Familiarity with the basic concepts of the safe and responsible use of handguns;
  • Knowledge of self-defense principles; and
  • Physical competence with a handgun.

An additional approximately 8 hour enhanced training class and livefire qualification is required to obtain an E-CHCL.

All training must be obtained with the last 6 months prior to applying for a permit.

Be sure to verify that any firearm training you receive in order to obtain your permit is approved by the state of Arkansas.

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Arkansas Concealed Carry Permit Renewal Process

How to Renew a Arkansas Concealed Carry Permit

Step 1:

Complete a firearm renewal training course within 6 months prior to the license expiration or renewal date. The renewal training must include “live fire.” 

The Department will accept the application packet prior to the 90 days before renewal, although the license will not be issued until closer to the renewal date. If your license has been expired for more than 6 months, you are required to submit a new application.

You may apply online or using a mail-in renewal application.

Step 2:

To renew online, go to https://chcl.ark.org/asplicense/chcl_renewal/.

If you use the mail-in process, first complete a firearm training course within the 6 months prior to the license expiration or renewal date. 

Step 3:

For online renewal applications 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 carry license.

For mail-in renewals, the following documents are required:

Mail to:

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

Step 4:

You will be notified by mail if your application has been approved.


Law Enforcement Officers (LEO)/Retired LEOs

Law enforcement officers (LEOs) and Retired LEOs may choose to carry under the Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act (LEOSA), often referred to as HR 218. Under 18 U.S. Code §§ 926B & 926C, qualified LEOs and qualified retired LEOs, or those separated from service in good standing, can carry a concealed firearm in any jurisdiction in the United States, regardless of state or local laws, with some exceptions. For details, check out our Federal Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act (LEOSA) page.

Arkansas Code Annotated § 12‐15‐202 mirrors the requirements in LEOSA as well as requiring retired LEOs to have fingerprint impressions on file with the system together with written authorization for state- and national-level criminal record screening. It indicates a firearms instructor certified by the Arkansas Commission on Law Enforcement Standards and Training who is employed by any law enforcement agency in this state may certify or recertify that a retired law enforcement officer has met the training and qualification requirements for certification set by the commission for active law enforcement officers to carry firearms.


Arkansas Location Restrictions

Where Can I Carry a Concealed Firearm in Arkansas?
  • Carry in bars/restaurants that serve alcohol? You can concealed carry in the restaurant area of an eatery that serves alcohol with a concealed carry permit, unless posted. However, concealed carry is not allowed in bars or the bar areas of restaurants.
  • Carry in my vehicle without a permit/license? Yes. As of October 17, 2018, the Arkansas Appeals Court stated in case CR-18-353 Jamie Taff v. State of Arkansas, “Under the clear language of § 5-73-120(a), the possessor of a handgun must have an unlawful intent to employ it as a weapon against a person in order to make that possession a criminal act.”  [Ark. Code § 5-73-120]. In addition, per § 5-73-120(c)(8), it is permissible to carry a weapon under this section if at the time of the act of carrying the weapon the person is in possession of a concealed handgun and has a valid Arkansas license to carry a concealed handgun or a permit from a state Arkansas honors and is not in a prohibited place.​​​​​​​ 
  • Carry in roadside rest areas? Yes.
  • Carry in state/national parks, state/national forests and WMAs? Yes.
  • Carry at public universities, public colleges or community colleges? Yes, if the person is 21 or over, holds an Arkansas concealed weapon permit, and an enhanced concealed weapon permit with up to eight hours of additional training. Other restrictions may apply per [Ark. Code § 5-73-322]. Note restricted areas in the "Where Can't I Carry" section.

Enhanced Concealed Handgun Carry License Holders (E-CHCL)
Possession of a valid E-CHCL enables the holder to possess and carry a concealed handgun in the following locations:

  • Publicly owned buildings and facilities;
  • State Capitol grounds and the State Capitol Building;
  • Any meeting place of the governing body of any governmental entity;
  • Any meeting place of the General Assembly or a committee of the General Assembly;
  • Any state office;
  • Athletic events;
  • A portion of an establishment licensed to dispense alcoholic beverages for consumption on the premises;
  • A portion of an establishment where beer or light wine is consumed on the premises;

  • Inside the passenger terminal of an airport;
  • Any church or other place of worship;
  • Any place where a parade or demonstration requiring a permit is being held, even when the licensee is a participant in the parade or demonstration; and
  • The buildings and grounds of a public university, college, or community college.
Where Can't I Carry a Concealed Firearm in Arkansas?

Places off-limits even with a permit/license

Concealed Handgun Carry License Holders (CHCL)

    • Any public K-12 school (except permittees may possess and store firearms in their vehicles in parking lots), school bus or school bus stop;

[Ark. Code Ann. §§ 5-73-119]

    • Posted firearm-sensitive areas at the Arkansas State Hospital, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences;

[Ark. Code Ann. §§ 5-73-122]

    • Any University of Arkansas athletic events and venues, the Jean Tyson Child Development Center and Ella’s;
    • Any police, sheriff or Arkansas State Police or Highway Police office;
    • Any buildings of the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department, or onto grounds adjacent to such buildings (except rest areas, weigh stations and public parking areas);
    • Detention facility, prison or jail;
    • Courthouse or courtroom;
    • Any meeting place of “the governing body of any governmental entity” or any meeting of the legislature or a committee thereof;
    • Any meeting of the General Assembly or a committee of the General Assembly;
    • Any state office;
    • Any athletic event not related to firearms competition in which the license holder is participating;
    • Any portion of an establishment, except a restaurant, licensed to dispense alcoholic beverages for consumption on the premises or where beer or light wine is consumed on the premises;
    • Inside the passenger terminal of any airport, unless the handgun is encased for shipment by lawful transportation;
    • Any church or other place of worship, unless the head of the place of worship has given permission;
    • 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 received permission to carry the handgun; and
    • Any place where the carrying of firearms is prohibited by federal law or state law or regulation.
  • See Can Carry Section for locations where E-CHCL holders may carry.

FAQ: Arkansas Concealed Carry Questions

What Are the Knife Laws in Arkansas?

Any knife is legal as long as you don’t intend to use it as a weapon against a person.

[Ark. Code § 5-73-120]


Arkansas Gun Laws Updates:

Date Details
2020-09-03

Added information on Self Defense in the Summary

2020-06-30

Added information on wearing a COVID 19 mask while carrying concealed above the Summary

2020-06-26

Added link to National Parks to At A Glance table

2020-05-05

Added info on handguns at hotels in At A Glance table

2020-04-17

Added info on handguns on private property in At A Glance table

2020-04-03

Added info on private gun sales in At A Glance table

2020-02-24

Added info on carry in bars to the At A Glance table

2020-02-18

Added related blog posts with links

2020-02-11

Added info regarding residency changes and resulting impacts on carry permits

2020-01-27

Updated the knife laws and added statutory references

2019-12-04

Added info on whether a valid state ccw permit exempts a person from needing a background check when purchasing a firearm to the At A Glance table

2019-11-18

Updated license fees and updated links to applications

2019-11-14

Added statutory references and links for can’t carry locations

2019-10-31

Added brandishing info to At A Glance table

2019-10-11

Added Hunter Harassment info to At A Glance table

2019-09-30

Added Chemical Spray/Pepper Sprayto the At A Glance table

2019-08-29

Added Carry While Hunting info to At A Glance table

2019-08-13

Added anchor links to various sections below the Summary

2019-07-24

Added minimum age to possess and transport a handgun to At A Glance table

2019-06-20

Clarified vehicle carry in At A Glance Table and Where Can I Carry sections

2019-05-23

Added stun gun/Taser info to At A Glance table

2019-04-25

Added permit renewal and name/address change info

2019-04-16

Links checked

2019-04-09

Updated permit fees & provided a link to the State fee structure page

2019-03-14

Added info on state implementation of Law Enforcement Officer Safety Act (LEOSA)

2019-02-20

Added info to vehicle carry in At A Glance table

2019-02-15

Added pages for Federal Gun Laws, Traveling with Firearms & Terminology

2019-02-09

Added ammunition restriction info to At A Glance table

2019-02-08

New CHCL fees added to permit information.

2019-02-06

Added red flag law info to At A Glance table

2019-01-31

Added info to

2019-01-25

Links checked

2019-01-23

Added alcohol or prescription medication info to At A lance table

2019-01-22

Added church carry info and statutory reference to locations restrictions section

2019-01-10

Mag limit info added to At A Glance table

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