Arkansas Gun Laws
Subject/LawLong gunsHandgunsRelevant StatutesNotes
State permit required to purchase?NoNo
Firearm registration?NoNo
Assault weapon law?NoNo
Magazine Capacity Restriction?NoNo
Owner license required?NoNo
License required for concealed carry?N/ANo5-73-301 – 5-73-320Act 746 allows for concealed carry without permit.[12]Shall-Issue. The Arkansas State Police issue and recognize the Arkansas Concealed Handgun Carry License, as do states that have existing reciprocity with Arkansas.Enhanced concealed carry permits allow for carrying in some forbidden areas such as carrying at public colleges, most public buildings, non-secure locations in an airport, churches, and more.[13][14]
License required for open carry?NoNo5-73-120May open carry without license.
State Preemption of local restrictions?YesYes5-73-120Some counties have adopted Second Amendment sanctuary resolutions.[15]
NFA weapons restricted?NoNo5-73-205All NFA items allowed if in compliance with Federal law.Machine guns may not have ammunition .30 in. or 7.63 mm or bigger unless the gun is registered to an ammunition corporation.
Shall Certify?YesYes5-73-112Shall certify within 15 days. With the enactment of 41F/P on July 13, 2016 the need for “Shall Certify” legislation has essentially been negated.
Peaceable Journey laws?YesYes5-73-120 (c)(4)Weapons are allowed if the person is carrying a weapon when upon a journey, unless the journey is through a commercial airport when presenting at the security checkpoint in the airport or is in the person’s checked baggage and is not a lawfully declared weapon. “Journey” is defined as “travel beyond the county in which a person lives.” (5-73-120(B)(3))
Background checks required for private sales?NoNo


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