Weapons Charges in Arkansas

Arkansas regulates the possession and use of concealed weapons, including guns and explosives.

Arkansas regulates firearms through a variety of laws, including laws on gun permitsconcealed firearms, and those described below.

Handgun License Exemption for Law Enforcement

While most people who wish to carry a concealed firearm in Arizona must comply with state licensing requirements, there is an exemption that allows law enforcement officers who are otherwise authorized to carry a concealed handgun to carry a firearm without further state license requirements. (Ar. Code Ann. § 5-73-304.)

Civil Immunity for Licensing Authority

When someone commits a crime or causes damage with a firearm, the state and its employees who issued the person’s firearm permit are legally protected from being held civilly liable for the damage. (Ar. Code Ann. § 5-73-303.)

Falsifying a Firearm License Application

It is a class B misdemeanor to knowingly provide false information on a firearm license application (including supporting documents, like identification). (Ar. Code Ann. § 5-73-305.)

License Revocation

If you are convicted of certain crimes (such as alcohol-related driving offenses committed while carrying a handgun), the Arkansas State Police will revoke your firearm license, and you will no longer be able to legally carry a gun in public (for more on Arkansas gun carrying laws, see Open and Concealed Gun Carry Laws in Arkansas) . (Ar. Code Ann. § 5-73-312.)

Duplicate Firearm Licenses

You must notify the Arkansas State Police within 30 days if your firearm license becomes lost or damaged, or when you change your permanent address.

If you have lost or damaged your license, you may obtain a new license by submitting a fee and a notarized statement to the Arkansas State Police, stating that the original license has been lost and that you are requesting a replacement. (See the Arkansas State Police website for more information about state licensing requirements.) (Ar. Code Ann. § 5-73-314.)

Getting Legal Help

If you have questions about state or federal gun laws, or you are facing charges for a gun violation, you should consult a qualified criminal defense lawyer. Only an experienced local lawyer can explain how these laws apply to your unique circumstances, and recommend the appropriate legal course of action.

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