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Arkansas Handgun License


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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Details on Arkansas Gun Laws

who issues a permit

Concealed carry permits/licenses are issued by the Department of Public Safety. Applications are submitted to the Arkansas State Police

processing time

120 Days
The application for a concealed carry permit/license must be processed within 120 days of the application being received.

must notify officer

YES – Must Inform Officer on Contact By Law
Arkansas gun laws state that you must inform a law enforcement officer you have a firearm when approached on official business.

GunsToCarry always recommends that you carry your permit, together with photo ID, at all times during which you are in actual possession of a concealed handgun.

No weapons sign enforced

Arkansas gun laws give the force of law to “No Weapons” signs. There are legal penalties for entering a private property or business that has posted these signs.

GunsToCarry recommends that you do not enter a property displaying a “No Weapons” sign whether the law is for or against signage. If asked to leave a property and you refuse to do so then you are breaking the law and put yourself at risk of being charged.

vehicle carry

YES/NO – Without a Permit/License
If you do not have a permit handguns must be unloaded and placed in a case. Placing the gun in a glove compartment is illegal. The Attorney General has stated that Permitless carry either open or concealed while in a vehicle while on a “Journey” is legal in Arkansas. But that is not the current law only his opinion. The law is a bit confusing as it states you need a permit to carry in your home county. However, if you are on a journey outside your home county you do not need a permit. There is a case currently moving through the courts that will clarify this matter.

We recommend caution until this matter is resolved.

open carry

YES/NO – Without a Permit/License
There is some confusion surrounding open carry from a law change in 2013. The Attorney General’s opinion states that Open Carry without a permit/license is legal. But that is not the law so until the matter is resolved we suggest you do not open carry or do so with caution.

restaurant carry

YES – In Restaurants That Serve Alcohol
“Yes” or “No” states if you can carry in a restaurant that serves alcohol. Some restaurants may be posted with “NO GUN” signs. Check with the staff if this means just the bar area. If we have indicated a “Yes” then it should be legal to have a meal without drinking alcohol.

state park carry

You are permitted to carry in state parks, state forests, WMA’s and roadside rest areas.

Get in Touch

Arkansas State Police
CHCL Section


Monday – Friday

Saturday          Closed

Sunday            Closed


Address              1 State Police Plaza Drive

City                     Little Rock, AR 72209

Phone               (501) 618-8000