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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 license recognition
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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



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JoeySandiDaven WilhiteFaye LynnWayne Recent comment authors
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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!!!


What’s your question?

Daven Wilhite
Daven Wilhite

Where does it say I must get a concealed permit in order to carry?

Faye Lynn
Faye Lynn

What are the laws about storing a gun in your home?

Dale Doman
Dale Doman

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… Read more »