Arkansas prohibits the possession of a firearm, concealed or unconcealed:
- Upon the developed property of public K-12 schools;
- In or upon any school bus; or
- At a designated bus stop as identified on the route lists published by school districts each year.1
However, Arkansas allows persons licensed to carry concealed handguns to posses or store a firearm in his or her car on K-12 premises.2 In addition, a church that operates a private K-12 school and a private K-12 school or preschool may allow a person licensed to carry a concealed handgun to possess a firearm on school property.
Arkansas prohibits possession of a handgun on the property of any private or publicly-supported institution of higher education, on the person, in a vehicle, or otherwise readily available for use with the purpose to employ it as a weapon against a person.3 However, an exception is provided for a licensee who stores a firearm in a publicly owned and maintained parking lot of a college, community college, or university if the licensee is carrying the handgun in the motor vehicle or has left the handgun in his or her locked and unattended motor vehicle.4 In addition a licensee who is a staff member at a public or private university, college or community college may possess a firearm on school grounds so long as doing so is not prohibited by the governing board of the school.5
The Arkansas Attorney General has opined that persons licensed to carry a concealed handgun are not subject to the general prohibition against firearms on the property of institutions of higher education.6
See our Guns in Schools policy summary for a comprehensive discussion of this issue.