Private Sales in Arkansas

Posted on January 2, 2012

See our Private Sales policy summary for a comprehensive discussion of this issue.

Arkansas law has no law requiring a background check on the purchaser of a firearm when the seller is not a licensed dealer.

Arkansas prohibits any person from furnishing a firearm to a minor without the consent of a parent, guardian, or other person responsible for general supervision of the minor’s welfare.1 A violation is a Class B felony if the firearm is a handgun or other specified firearm.2

In addition, the state prohibits any person transferring or furnishing a handgun to another individual who the transferor knows has been found guilty of, or who has pleaded guilty or no contest to, a felony.3

Arkansas prohibits a person from selling, renting, or otherwise transferring a firearm to any person who he or she knows is prohibited by state or federal law from possessing the firearm.4 A violation of this section is a Class A misdemeanor, unless the firearm is a handgun (or other specified firearm, such as a machine gun), in which case the violation rises to a Class B felony.5

See the section entitled Firearms Trafficking for additional laws that limit private sales of firearms.

  1. Ark. Code Ann. § 5-73-109(a). Arkansas defines minor as any person under 18 years of age. Ark. Code Ann. § 5-73-101(9). []
  2. Ark. Code Ann. § 5-73-129. []
  3. Id. []
  4. Ark. Code Ann. § 5-73-132(a). []
  5. Ark. Code Ann. § 5-73-132(b). []