See our Dealer Regulations policy summary for a comprehensive discussion of this issue.

Federal law requires firearms dealers to obtain a license from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives (ATF), although resource limitations prevent the ATF from properly overseeing all its licensees.

Arkansas does not require that firearms dealers be licensed.

For information about the Arkansas law:

  • Requiring federally licensed dealers to conduct background checks on firearm purchasers, see the Arkansas Background Checks section.