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Arkansas Concealed Carry Reciprocity Map & Gun Laws

Updated: 04/25/2019
Carry allowed with my Arkansas permit?
Yes
Yes, With Restrictions
Yes, Permitless Carry
Yes, Selected State
No

Summary of Arkansas Gun Laws

Arkansas is a shall-issue 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. 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 and on “a journey beyond the county in which the person lives.” Concealed Handgun Carry Licenses (CHCL) are issued to residents at least 21 years of age only and require a firearms training course that has been state-approved. Enhanced concealed carry permits 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. 

The Castle Doctrine in Arkansas allows the use of deadly force to defend one's self, one's home and others on the property if he or she feels that he or she is about to be severely harmed or killed. It may also be used if the person believes a felony is about to be committed. Arkansas does not have a "stand your ground" law, and there is a duty to retreat before force can be used for self-defense.

228k
Permits Issued
3M
State Population
7.56%
Permit Percentage
51
States Honored
37
Reciprocating States
21
Minimum Age to CC

Arkansas Gun Laws at a Glance

Open Carry/ Concealed Carry Basics

Constitutional Carry?

Does Arkansas allow constitutional carry?

Yes.

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

No.

Non-Resident Permitting?

Does Arkansas issue concealed carry permits to non-residents?

Yes, but only to members of the military stationed in AR 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 firearm in a vehicle in Arkansas?

Yes, without a permit. 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]

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. [Park Directive 3070]

Carry in Restaurants That Serve Alcohol?

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

Yes, unless posted. [Ark. Code § 14-16-306]

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?

Per § 5-73-122(a)(3) Carrying a Firearm in Publicly Owned Buildings or Facilities, 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.

Per § 5-73-326. Licensee Rights — Private Employer Parking Lot, in part, 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 § 5-7-122(a)(3)]

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. Per Ark. Code § 5-73-306. 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](https://www.usconcealedcarry.com/resources/terminology/firearms-and-ammunition/preemption) 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.


STATE CONSTITUTIONAL PROVISION
The citizens of this State shall have the right to keep and bear arms, for their common defense."
Article 2, Section 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)

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

Which states honor permits from Arkansas with restrictions?

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.

Alaska (if at least 21 years old)
Arizona (if at least 21 years old)
Kansas (if at least 21 years old)
Maine (if at least 21 years old)
Mississippi (if at least 21 years old)
Missouri (if at least 19 years old)
New Hampshire (if at least 18 years old)
Vermont (if at least 18 years old)
West Virginia (if at least 21 years old)

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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 or National Guard;
  • Have been a resident of Arkansas for the last 90 days;
  • 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:

The initial permit fee structure is complex with different costs for online and mail-in applications based on age, so a link is provided.

On-line Renewal (includes application and background check fee)  $62.80
On-line Late Renewal (expired less than six months, includes application, background check and late fee of $15) = $78.25

Note - Per Act 61, initial fee will be reduced to $50 plus on-line application and background check fee.  Renewals will be reduced to $25 for renewals and for applicants over 65 years of age. 

Valid For:

5 Years

Processing Time:

120 Days

Application:

Link to application
Non-Resident Concealed Carry Permits:

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

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.


Arkansas Concealed Carry Permit Application Process

How to Apply for an Arkansas Concealed Carry Permit

Step 1:

Take the CHCL firearms safety class.

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.

Arkansas became the first state to require active shooter training for a gun permit. The Enhanced CHCL requires 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

The department shall approve a handgun course, including the personal-protection course offered by the National Rifle Association (NRA), if the course tests the applicant's:

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Arkansas Concealed Carry Permit Renewal Process

How to Renew an 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 on-line go to https://chcl.ark.org/asplicense/chcl_renewal/.

If you use the mail-in process, first complete a firearm training course within 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 restaurants that serve alcohol? Yes.
  • Carry in my vehicle without a permit/license? No. 
  • 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. Note restricted areas in the Where Can't I Carry section.

Where Can't I Carry a Concealed Firearm in Arkansas?

Places off-limits even with a permit/license

  • Any public K-12 school, school bus or school bus stop;
  • 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 polling place;
  • Any meeting place of “the governing body of any governmental entity” or any meeting of the legislature or a committee thereof;
  • 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.

Ark. Code Ann. § 5-73-306


FAQ: Arkansas Concealed Carry Questions

Do firearms need to be registered in Arkansas?

No.

Is a permit required to purchase a gun in Arkansas?

No.

Are background checks required for private gun sales in Arkansas?

No.

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

No.

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.

What are the laws regarding carrying a firearm while using alcohol or prescription medication in AR?

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.


Related Information & Links for Arkansas Gun Laws


Arkansas Gun Laws Updates:

Date Details
04/25/2019

Added permit renewal and name/address change info

04/16/2019

Links checked

04/09/2019

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

03/14/2019

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

02/20/2019

Added info to vehicle carry in At A Glance table

02/15/2019

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

02/09/2019

Added ammunition restrictions to At A Glance table

02/08/2019

New CHCL fees added to permit information.

02/06/2019

Added red flag law info to At A Glance table

01/31/2019

Added info to

01/25/2019

Links checked

01/23/2019

Added FAQ about alcohol or prescription medication

01/22/2019

Added church info and statutory reference to locations restrictions section

01/10/2019

Mag limit added to At A Glance table

12/12/2018

Added preemption info to At A Glance table

11/29/2018

Added parking lot info to At A Glance table

11/01/2018

11/1/18 Appeals Court ruling on case CR-18-353 Jamie Taff v. State of Arkansas clarifying permitless carry added to General Info w/ link. Updated AAG open carry and vehicle carry sections. Read the blog post.

10/22/2018

Added initial CCW law and reciprocity information


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