Posted on January 2, 2012
Last updated December 14, 2011
In our publication Gun Laws Matter 2012: Understanding the Link Between Weak Laws and Gun Violence, the Law Center ranked each state based on a review of state laws in 29 different firearms-related policy areas. Arkansas ranked 36th out of 50 – having enacted few gun violence prevention laws.
Arkansas does not:
- Conduct its own background checks for firearm sales, but instead relies on the FBI;
- Require a background check prior to the transfer of a firearm between private parties;
- Prohibit the transfer or possession of assault weapons, 50 caliber rifles or large capacity ammunition magazines;
- License firearm owners;
- Require the registration of firearms;
- Limit the number of firearms that may be purchased at one time;
- Impose a waiting period on firearm purchases;
- Regulate unsafe handguns;
- Require firearm owners to report lost or stolen firearms to law enforcement; or
- Significantly regulate ammunition sales.
Local governments in Arkansas generally lack authority to regulate firearms or ammunition, and the state requires local law enforcement to issue a concealed handgun license to any applicant who meets certain basic qualifications.
Based on data published by Mayors Against Illegal Guns, Arkansas supplied the 11th highest number of crime guns to other states per capita in 2008. Arkansas exports crime guns at a rate higher than the national average.
Arkansas Firearms Laws
For details about specific firearms laws in Arkansas, choose a topic below, or see all of the firearms laws in this state.