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Arkansas Handgun License


  • Must be at least 21 years of age or;
  • 18 years if a member of the US Armed Forces or National Guard.
  • Have been a resident of Arkansas for the last 90 days.
  • Have read the Arkansas concealed carry law.
  • You are a US citizen or legal resident.
  • You have completed an approved firearms training class.
  • Have not within the last five (5) years been convicted of the offense of carrying a weapon.
  • Federal Law – Prohibits the following persons


Carry In Vehicle SEE DETAILS
Must Notify Officer YES
Carry In State Parks AllowedYES
No Weapons Signs Enforced YES
Open Carry PermittedSEE DETAILS
Carry In Liquor Establishments YES
Constitutional Carry YES

Permit Information

Arkansas gun laws allow concealed carry permits to be issued to residents only. No permit is required when you are “upon a journey” beyond your county of residence. However, there is still some confusion regarding this law and it will need to be sorted out by the courts. Training and background checks are required for new permit applications. Open carry is permitted in some counties.

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CCW Reciprocity Map


CCW license recognition
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  • Permit not honored
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Districts & Territories
District of Columbia, New York City, Guam, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands


Where You Can Carry

  • State parks
  • State and national forests
  • Road side rest areas
  • Vehicle
  • All areas of the state – except those listed below

Where You Cannot Carry

  • Any police, sheriff or Arkansas State Police office.
  • Arkansas Highway Police facility.
  • Detention facility, prison or jail.
  • Courthouse or courtroom.
  • Any polling place.
  • Meeting place of any government entity.
  • Meeting place of any session of the Arkansas General Assembly or committee of the General Assembly.
  • Any athletic event not related to firearms competition in which the license holder is participating.
  • Any part or section of an establishment licensed to dispense alcoholic beverages for consumption on the premises, except a restaurant.
  • Any part of section of an establishment in which alcohol is consumed on the premises, except a restaurant.
  • Any school, college, community college, or university campus building or school/college event unless the event is for the purpose of participating in an authorized firearms related activity.
  • Inside the passenger terminal of any airport, unless the handgun is encased for shipment by lawful transportation.
  • Any church or other place of worship.
  • 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 given the permission to carry the handgun.
  • Any place where the carrying of firearms is prohibited by Federal Law.

Details on Arkansas Gun Laws

Get in Touch

Arkansas State Police
CHCL Section


Monday – Friday

Saturday Closed

Sunday Closed


Address 1 State Police Plaza Drive

CityLittle Rock, AR 72209

Phone (501) 618-8000




    Arkansas DOES NOT require permits for open carry and/or concealed carry, but there are restrictions. Like every state, there are places you cannot go carrying a weapon. EXAMPLE: banks, schools, places of worship, stadiums. CALL YOUR LOCAL SHERIFFS DEPT OR STATE HIGHWAY POLICE FOR PRECISE AND UP-TO-DATE INFORMATION. (Please request a printout of Arkansas CC and OC laws).

  2. I have a Missouri CCW and working in Arkansas can I have my Handgun loaded with a round in the chamber pinned to the center console next to me in the vehicle?

  3. I live in TX and my son lives in Arkansas. We like to shoot when on vacation either in Arkansas or in TX. Is it legal to transport your firearms if locked and unloaded? Planning a trip in the next month or so and we want to spend some father/son time at the range.

    1. Yes it is legal to transport a firearm locked and unloaded. Its also legal and lawful to carry a firearm locked and loaded on your person concealed or unconcealed (open carry) 1 in the chamber in a holster, glove box, or freely sitting on the seat, with no permission slip, permit, or chl. Arkansas is constitutional carry.

  4. With local & state mask requirements, can you still carry?

    1. There is no provision in the Arkansas Concealed Handgun Carry License Code or Rules prohibiting carrying, if an individual is licensed under the CHCL Code, while wearing a mask. Thank you.

  5. I have family in the state of Massachusetts I have a brother that couldn’t get he’s ccw in the state of Florida but when he moved back to Massachusetts he was able to get a license to carry. Because Massachusetts doesn’t see. Records of Florida where he cannot carry because of a restraining order. But now he can carry in Massachusetts is arkansas like that he’s been wanting to move

    1. Your brother was lucky in this case. Restraining Orders or Orders of Protection are reported to NCIC, which would cause your brother to fail a NICS check in EVERY state.

      Your brother cannot own, carry, or even touch a firearm or ammunition legally in ANY state because his RO is a Federal Prohibitor. State law is irrelevant here.

      My guess would be that Florida failed to report his RO to NICS so Mass didn’t see it. That doesn’t mean they haven’t reported now, or last month, or ever even though they are required by federal law to do so.

      Another problem here is that he lied on ATF form 4473 indicating that he was not the subject of an OOP or RO, and that can equate to major problems with the ATF.

      I highly recommend that he read the law and understand that even with a Mass permit he can and likely will be arrested and charged at the state or federal level if he ever encounters a LEO while carrying.

      To answer your question about him moving to Arkansas and obtaining concealed carry handgun license, no he cannot. Attempting to do so would require that he lie again on ATF form 4473 and the Arkansas CHCL application, which would likely result in a felony state or federal criminal charge.

  6. So what’s the deal, Arkansas is a constitutional carry state but you guys still require permits from other constitutional carry states? That’s a little bit BS.

    1. There are way more benefits to have CCW. Yes, you don’ t have to have a CCW, but will be limited on where can carry if you don’t.

  7. Open carry, Really you would be the first targeted by some one wanting to do bodily harm . I have a cwcp and thats how im going to carry.

  8. If I have a concealed carry permit do I have to carry concealed or can I carry open

      1. Is Arkansas still a constitutional carry state? My local instructor is a LEO and swears I DO NOT NEED A PERMIT to carry concealed.

  9. Hi I live in Texas. I go there at times to get away with my wife, just recently received my LTC. Can I carry the same in Arkansas?

  10. Can I carry a loaded rifle in my truck in Arkansas. I’m over 21

  11. I live in Arkansas, can I keep both my handgun and AR-15 in the trunk of my car without a licensed to carry?

  12. What is constitutional carry? Why is every other person saying you don’t need chcl anymore?

    1. Wrong. You cannot carry with a round in the chamber unless you have a ccl. That is really the biggest difference.

  13. So can someone 18 and older carry a firearm in there vehicle or not? The laws on it?

    1. Someone under 21 can not carry a hand gun / pistol, unless they are active in the Armed Forces. Hunting rifles and shotguns are fine though as long as they are unloaded and in a case.

      1. This is false, in the state of Arkansas residents 18 and older can openly carry handguns without any permit however when in vehicles the fireman must be unloaded and in a container that is not a part of the vehicle ie no glove box center Consol.

        1. Fasle must be 21 in order to own and carry a handgun/pistol. that is federal law.

          1. The age restriction is only on ffl purchase, in Arkansas a 18yo can carry, loaded, open or concealed, without a permit.

  14. Can I carry my loaded 45 in my truck from Louisiana to Arkansas with no permit? Here in Louisiana my truck is an extension of my home and I can carry where ever how ever I want!

  15. Moving from Massachusetts to Arkansas in the near future (thank god). I know the state recognizes MA’s LTC, but will it be OK to move into state and be a resident with my firearms until I can get my Arkansas LTC processed?

    1. Yes but in Arkansas it’s known as a CHCL ….concealed handgun carry license.

  16. If I have a permit for conceal and carry may I carry my weapon openly. Loaded or unloaded

    1. This one is tricky, hasn’t been tested in court. The law concerning carry a firearm implies that open or concealed is fine; however, the concealed carry statute states that your weapon must be concealed. It would therefore be possible for a prosecutor to say you violated the concealed carry statute if you have a license and were open carrying. I’m not saying that it is or isn’t legal. Just conveying information from my research and talks with “experts”. I’ve heard anecdotally that some officers have said they would take someone’s permit away (they can to begin a revocation) if they were open carrying. I’m not saying that would go over either.

      1. I realize this didn’t answer your question. The best path may be contacting the agencies in the area you want to open carry in and ask them how they would enforce the involved statutes.

  17. This is incorrect Arkansas is a constitutional carry state. It was passed in 2013 and upheld by the Arkansas court of appeals, the governor, the Arkansas attorney general, and the Arkansas Senate.

  18. This page is filled with EXTEEMELY outdated, and some just plain wrong. Is this intentional to sell something or to promote CCHL classes?

  19. The enhanced carry license changes some of the places where you previously could not carry.

    1. It also adds some additional States to carry in ! Check it out!!

    2. It also requires a holder of enhanced carry to engage…the choice should be mine. Example, if my wife and child are with me and an incident occurs; I should have the choice to engage. With enhanced carry, I could be held liable for not engaging. My CHL instructor told me not to get the enhanced license.

  20. Is it legal to carry a loaded shotgun in my vehicle in Arkansas without a concealed carry permit

    1. You need no permit to carry in Arkansas concealed or open. That includes those from out of state.

      1. Wrong, AR is a no permit needed state, law passed in 2013 and precedent set in court

      2. Can you carry at 18 years one? I read a licence dealer can’t sell to someone under 21 but if you get it from a unlicensed person someone 18 can posses a handgun

        1. A 16 year old can own a handgun in AR as long as parent bought and allows, still have to be 21 to purchase unless you are active military or reserve then its 18.

          1. Incorrect, in Arkansas you can legally own and posses a handgun at 18 years old and can legally open carry. Arkansas Supreme Court 2018 decision.

  21. Most of your info is incorrect. You don’t have to have a permit to carry on your person or your vehicle. Look up Taff vs. Arkansas state

    1. No, if you have a conceal carry you can not open carry. This came per our instructor during the class for conceal carry license.

      1. Law was passed that made it quite clear your permission slip could not be revoked because you chose to open carry. You were lied to.

  22. Is it legal to carry a gotdam gun without a license in ARKANSAS or not!!?? I don’t wanna hear a long ass confusing statement or OPINION. just yes or no. NOW…GO!!!

    1. According to the AG, you can open carry in Arkansas. You can not conceal carry unles you have a conceal carry license.

      1. That’s wrong, quit spreading rumors, u can conceal and carry without a license. Read act 746.

      2. WRONG! Carrying open or concealed w/o permit is NOT prohibited. Period.

        Arkansas Code 5-73-120, defines the crime of carrying a weapon. Officer must prove intent to use it unlawfully against a person. This has been verified via appeals court ruling.

      3. This is accurate. I did the hard part for anyone trying to get this answer. CALL YOUR LOCAL SHERIFF’S OFFICE. Benton County, AR deputy said and I quote “you may openly carry a handgun without a permit. You may NOT conceal it in any way, shape, or form other than a holster OWB. You may not use a ln IWB. As for your car in Benton county you may carry but has to be in the passenger compartment of your vehicle in plain view. Again this is from a deputy sheriff. I was also informed that the state left it up to county to determine whether a permit is needed. If you have to ask the internet, go ahead and save yourself some legal fees and call the ones who can arrest you if anyone is wrong. I’m sure we’re all aware that most of the things on the net are BS.

      1. I have read a few links that say it has to be unloaded and in a locked container. I have a CCW from Texas and traveling to Arkansas. My gun is in my vehicle, close to me, loaded and chambered. If I have to get to it quickly, I dont have to unlock the comtainer, load it, chamber it, and then shoot. Id be dead! Can I carry my loaded, chambered firearm from Texas to Arkansas with Texas permit?

  23. So now I’m confused! I have read in newspapers & other print media that the state’s governor and the State’s Attorney General , have both opined that “open carry” of a firearm is legal in most circumstances . However I have heard of State Police Officers that conduct concealed carry classes to citizens, tell their students, that is not the state of the law in Arkansas, and they will arrest persons doing so. I also know that Police Officers have considerable amounts of discretion in the performance of their duties: however if the two top state Law enforcement officers have opined publicly that it is permissible how can officers lawfully arrest ?

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      If it went to court the judge would probably rule in your favor and side with the Attorney General. But that would cost thousands in legal fees so best to avoid that I would say. Sorry I cannot give you a more in depth answer.

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