Arkansas Gun Laws

(Updated: July 24, 2024)

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, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, Montana, 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)
Licensing Age:

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Arkansas Pistol Permit News

2023 Gun Laws Changes: Act 30: Permits individuals who sought voluntary mental health treatment to acquire a concealed carry license. The modification to this legislation grants individuals who voluntarily underwent mental health treatment the opportunity to acquire a concealed carry license, provided that at least two years have passed since the completion of their treatment. Act 757: Grants concealed carry licenses to medical marijuana patients. According to this law, individuals who are either medical marijuana patients or designated caregivers are eligible to receive a concealed carry license. Act 777: Eliminates the need for a license to carry a concealed handgun. Introduced by Sen. Bryan King (R-Green Forrest), this legislation clarifies that possessing a concealed handgun does not require a license in the state. The law specifies that the license is intended for use in other states that require a concealed carry license for carrying a handgun.