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Arkansas Gun Control Laws

Passing and enforcing gun control laws is mostly the job of state governments, although the federal government does have some limited governance over the possession and use of firearms (see the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearm's explanation of the National Firearms Act to learn more). Guns are a hot-button issue in this country and state gun control laws reflect the vast difference in attitudes toward gun ownership from one region to the next. Many states require a waiting period and have several restrictions on the carrying of handguns, while other states are much more permissive.

The Basics of Arkansas Gun Control Laws

Arkansas law prohibits the same types of weapons that are banned in most other states, such as explosive devices, sawed-off shotguns, and fully automatic assault rifles. Other than that, Arkansas has very few controls on gun ownership. There is no waiting period to purchase a firearm (including handguns), while the state does not require a permit to buy or registration of handguns.

However, Arkansas does require a permit to carry a concealed handgun. The application process takes up to four months to complete, during which a thorough background check is performed. See the Concealed Handgun Carry Licensing section of the Arkansas State Police Website for more details.

Additional details of Arkansas's gun control laws are listed below.

Code Section 5-73-103, 104
Illegal Arms Bomb or other explosive device, machine gun, sawed-off shotgun or rifle, firearm specially made or adapted for silent discharge, metal ("brass") knuckles, removing or altering serial mark or ID # on firearm
Waiting Period None
Who May Not Own 1. Convicted felon (unless restored by the Governor upon recommendation by the chief law enforcement officer in the applicant's jurisdiction, as long as weapon was not used in commission of the felony); 2. Adjudicated mentally ill (unless case was dismissed and expunged); 3. Committed involuntarily to any mental institution; 4. Incarcerated person
Law Prohibiting Firearms On or Near School Grounds Felony. 5-73-119(a)(2)

Note: State laws are constantly changing, sometimes without notice (such as when a higher court issues a precedent-setting ruling). Be sure you contact an Arkansas criminal defense attorney or conduct your own legal research to verify the state law(s) you are researching.

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