With some exceptions, Arkansas prohibits any person under age 18 from possessing a handgun outside his or her residence or private property.1 Federal age restrictions impose stricter limits.

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.

See our Minimum Age to Purchase / Possess Firearms policy summary for a comprehensive discussion of this issue.

Notes
  1. Ark. Code Ann. §§ 5-73-119(a)(1), (e). ⤴︎
  2. Ark. Code Ann. §§ 5-73-101(9), 5-73-109(a). ⤴︎
  3. Ark. Code Ann. § 5-73-109(b). ⤴︎