Arkansas has some of the weakest gun laws in the country, earning an F in our Annual Gun Law Scorecard. In recent years, Arkansas has enacted few meaningful gun safety laws. Instead it began allowing concealed carry at universities and polling places. In 2017, Arkansas had the seventh-highest gun death rate in the country and supplied crime guns to other states at the 14th-highest rate. To save lives from gun violence, Arkansas could pass laws requiring background checks and waiting periods for all firearm sales and prohibit domestic violence misdemeanants from possessing firearms.
State Law Background
Arkansas does not:
- Require a background check prior to the transfer of a firearm between private parties;
- Prohibit the transfer or possession of assault weapons, 50 caliber rifles or large capacity ammunition magazines;
- License firearm owners;
- Require the registration of firearms;
- Limit the number of firearms that may be purchased at one time;
- Impose a waiting period on firearm purchases;
- Regulate unsafe handguns;
- Require firearm owners to report lost or stolen firearms to law enforcement; or
- Significantly regulate ammunition sales.
Local governments in Arkansas generally lack authority to regulate firearms or ammunition, and the state requires local law enforcement to issue a concealed handgun license to any applicant who meets certain basic qualifications.
In 2017, Arkansas had the seventh highest gun death rate among the 50 states. Arkansas also supplied crime guns to other states at the 14th highest rate among the states. Arkansas exported crime guns at nearly twice the national rate.