Arkansas Gun Laws

(Updated: June 22, 2021)

Overview Of Arkansas Concealed Carry Laws

Issuing Status:Shall Issue
Inform Law Enforcement:Yes
Honors Other States Permits:Yes
Issues Non Resident Permits:Yes
Prohibited Locations:
  • *Publicly-maintained parking lots in any of the below locations are NOT PROHIBITED per Act 1078
  • Law enforcement buildings
  • Grounds adjacent to, or in any building of, the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department (excl. rest areas and weigh stations)
  • Prisons/ jails/ detention centers
  • Courthouses
  • Polling places
  • Governmental meeting places
  • General Assembly (incl. Committees) meeting places
  • State offices
  • Athletic events
  • Places where alcohol served (excl. 50+ seating restaurants)
  • Schools/ colleges/ universities
  • Airports
  • Places of worship (unless w/ permission of church)
  • Parade participation
*No Guns* Signs Force Of Law:Yes
Store In Vehicle:Yes
Allowed In State Parks:Yes
Allowed In National Parks:Yes
Allowed In Game Management Units:
Allowed In Wildlife Management Areas:Yes
Allowed At Road Rest Areas:Yes
Allowed In Restaurants Where Alcohol Served:Yes
States Honoring Arkansas PermitAlaska, Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Montana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, North Carolina, North Dakota, Nebraska, New Hampshire, Nevada, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Vermont, Washington, Wisconsin, West Virginia, Wyoming
Open Carry Allowed:Yes (see Act 746)

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Arkansas Pistol Permit News

(Jan. 14, 2015) Legislators consider a bill to clarify open carry laws: Legislators are looking at bill to clear up whether open carry is legal in Arkansas. A 2013 law apparently allows open carry, but many have said that the law is vague and needs clarification. Lawmakers are hoping to clear up the debate this legislative session.
(Feb. 11, 2013) The Church Protection Act of 2013: The Church Protection Act of 2013 gives churches the option of allowing people into their churches with handgun permits. State law had previously prohibited concealed handguns from being taken into churches. Churches that allow guns can extend permission to select individuals, or to all permit holders.