Posted on Tuesday, August 4th, 2015
With some exceptions, Arkansas prohibits any person under age 18 from possessing a handgun.1
In Arkansas, any person furnishing a firearm to a minor under 18 years of age without the consent of a parent, guardian, or other person responsible for general supervision of the minor’s welfare, is criminally liable for a Class A misdemeanor.2 The crime becomes a Class B felony if the firearm is a handgun or other specified firearm.3
There is no minimum age to possess rifles and shotguns in Arkansas. Federal age restrictions impose stricter limits.
See our Minimum Age to Purchase / Possess Firearms policy summary for a comprehensive discussion of this issue.