We’ve gone through Arkansas firearms laws, concealed carry laws, and now today we’re writing to you about Arkansas restrictions on guns. Below you’ll find important information if you’re a gun owner in the state of Arkansas.
Guns in a vehicle
Arkansas prohibits any person from carrying a handgun in a vehicle.1 It is a defense to prosecution for a violation of this section if the person has a concealed weapon permit.2
- Code Ann. § 5-73-120(a). [↩] 2. Ark. Code Ann. § 5-73-120(c). [↩]
Guns in schools
Arkansas prohibits the possession of a firearm, concealed or unconcealed:
Upon the developed property of the public or private schools, K-12; In or upon any school bus; or At a designated bus stop as identified on the route lists published by school districts each year.1
Arkansas prohibits possession of a handgun on the property of any private or publicly-supported institution of higher education, either on the person, in a vehicle, or otherwise readily available for use with the purpose to employ it as a weapon against a person.2 The Arkansas Attorney General has opined that persons licensed to carry a concealed handgun are not subject to this provision.3
- Code Ann. § 5-73-119(b)(1). [↩] 2. Ark. Code Ann. § 5-73-119(c)(1). [↩] 3. Ark. Op. Att’y Gen. No. 2003-372 (2003), 2003 Ark. AG LEXIS 407. [↩]
No person may carry a handgun into an establishment that sells alcoholic beverages.1 A license to carry a concealed handgun does not authorize the licensee to carry a concealed handgun into:
In his or her own dwelling, place of business (excluding a “vehicular business” such as a taxi cab or other motor vehicle used for commercial purposes;2) or on property in which he or she has a possessory or proprietary interest; Assisting a law enforcement officer, correctional officer, or member of the armed forces acting in the course and scope of official duties pursuant to [their] direction or request; Carrying a weapon when upon a journey;3 . However, a firearm may not be carried through a commercial airport at the security checkpoint or in the person’s checked baggage if it is not a lawfully declared weapon. Id.)) Hunting game with a handgun under rules and regulations of the Arkansas State Game and Fish Commission, or is en route to or from a hunting area for the purpose of hunting game with a handgun; In a motor vehicle and the holder of a valid license to carry a concealed weapon.4
- Ark. Code Ann. § 5-73-120(a). [↩] 2. See Boston v. State, 952 S.W.2d 671 (Ark. 1997). [↩] 3. See Riggins v. State, 703 S.W.2d 463, 464 (Ark. Ct. App. 1986), “[a] journey has long been defined as ‘where one travels a distance from home sufficient to carry him beyond the circle of his neighbors and general acquaintances and outside of the routine of his daily business…’” (citations omitted [↩] 4. Ark. Code Ann. § 5-73-120(c). [↩]
At McChain, Miller, Nissman, we take all of these restrictions into consideration when we create your Gun Trust. Give us a call today at 501-221-7776 to work with a knowledgeable, responsible attorney to create your Gun Trust.