Do I qualify for an Arkansas CCW permit?
YOU MUST be a citizen of the United States of America; Due to the Court decision in Pot vs. Witt in United States District Court issued May 8, 2014, United States Citizenship is no longer required for Arkansas Concealed Handgun Carry licensure.
YOU MUST be a resident of the state and has been a resident continuously for ninety days (90) days or longer immediately preceding the filing of the application; However, this does not apply to any: Retired city, county, state, or federal law enforcement officer; or Active duty military personnel who submit documentation of their active duty status;
YOU MUST be twenty-one (21) years of age or older;
YOU CANNOT suffer from a mental or physical infirmity, which prevents the safe handling of a handgun;
YOU CANNOT have threatened or attempted suicide;
YOU HAVE NOT been convicted of a felony in a court of this state, of any other state, or of the United States without having been pardoned for same and had firearms possession rights restored;
YOU ARE NOT currently subject to any federal or state law, which makes it unlawful to receive, possess, or transport any firearm;
YOU MUST have your background check successfully completed through the Arkansas State Police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation's National Instant Check System (NICS);
YOU CANNOT chronically or habitually abuse a controlled substance;
YOU CANNOT chronically or habitually use an alcoholic beverage;
YOU MUST desire a legal means to carry a concealed handgun to defend yourself;
YOU CANNOT have been adjudicated mentally incompetent;
YOU CANNOT have been voluntarily or involuntarily committed to a mental institution or mental health treatment facility;
YOU ARE NOT a fugitive from justice, or does not have an active warrant for your arrest;
YOU MUST satisfactorily complete a training course prescribed and approved by the Director; (this one counts)
YOU MUST sign a statement of allegiance to the United States Constitution and the Arkansas Constitution;
and YOU ARE NOT currently under a charge, by indictment or information, for any offense classified as a felony.
Ways to lose your license.
Arrested for violent act or felony.
Drinking with firearm, open-container, or 2+ DUIs in 3 years.
Carrying where not allowed.
Possessing illegal firearm or non-authorized firearm.
Fugitive of justice.
Deemed menace by any law enforcement agency director.
Mental health issues.
Arrested for other State’s firearm or handgun law.
Applicable Laws Where Concealed Handguns are Prohibited:
No license to carry a concealed handgun issued pursuant to this subchapter authorizes any person to carry a concealed handgun into:
- (1) Any police station, sheriff's station, or Department of Arkansas State Police station;
- (2) Any Arkansas Highway Police Division of the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department facility;
- (3) (A) Any building of the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department or onto grounds adjacent to any building of the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department.
- (B) However, subdivision (3)(A) of this section does not apply to a rest area or weigh station of the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department;
- (4) Any detention facility, prison, or jail;
- (5) Any courthouse;
- (6) (A) Any courtroom.
- (B) However, nothing in this subchapter precludes a judge from carrying a concealed weapon or determining who will carry a concealed weapon into his or her courtroom;
- (7) Any polling place; ACT 1175 of 2015 removes polling places
- (8) Any meeting place of the governing body of any governmental entity;
- (9) Any meeting of the General Assembly or a committee of the General Assembly;
- (10) Any state office;
- (11) Any athletic event not related to firearms;
- (12)Any portion of an establishment, except a restaurant as defined in § 3-5- 1202, licensed to dispense alcoholic beverages for consumption on the premises;
- (13) Any portion of an establishment, except a restaurant as defined in § 3-5- 1202, where beer or light wine is consumed on the premises;
- (14)(A)Any school, college, community college, or university campus building or event, unless for the purpose of participating in an authorized firearms-related activity; Mar. 1, 2013 Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe, signed H.B. 1479 in to law.
- (B) However, subdivision (14)(A) of this section does not apply to a kindergarten through grade twelve (K-12) private school operated by a church or other place of worship that:
- (i) Is located on the developed property of the kindergarten through grade twelve (K-12) private school;
- (ii) Allows the licensee to carry a concealed handgun into the church or other place of worship under this section; and
- (iii) Allows the licensee to possess a concealed handgun on the developed property of the kindergarten through grade twelve (K-12) private school under § 5- 73-119(e);
- (15)Inside the passenger terminal of any airport, except that no person is prohibited from carrying any legal firearm into the passenger terminal if the firearm is encased for shipment for purposes of checking the firearm as baggage to be lawfully transported on any aircraft;
- (16)(A) Any church or other place of worship; Feb. 11, 2013, Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe, signed the Church Protection Act into law.
- (B) However, this subchapter does not preclude a church or other place of worship from determining who may carry a concealed handgun into the church or other place of worship;
- (17) Any place where the carrying of a firearm is prohibited by federal law;
- (18) Any place where a parade or demonstration requiring a permit is being held, and the licensee is a participant in the parade or demonstration; or
- (19) (A) (i) Any place at the discretion of the person or entity exercising control over the physical location of the place by placing at each entrance to the place a written notice clearly readable at a distance of not less than ten feet (10') that "carrying a handgun is prohibited".
- (ii) (a) If the place does not have a roadway entrance, there shall be a written notice placed anywhere upon the premises of the place. (b) In addition to the requirement of subdivision (19)(A)(ii)(a) of this section, there shall be at least one (1) written notice posted within every three (3) acres of a place with no roadway entrance.
- (iii) A written notice as described in subdivision (19)(A)(i) of this section is not required for a private home.
- (iv) Any licensee entering a private home shall notify the occupant that the licensee is carrying a concealed handgun.
- (B) Subdivision (19)(A) of this section does not apply if the physical location is a public university, public college, or community college, as defined in § 5-73-322,
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