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Know the Laws: Arkansas

UPDATED September 15, 2017

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Below is information about state gun laws in Arkansas. A restraining order or criminal conviction may make it illegal for an abuser to have a gun. However, in addition to these state-specific laws, there are also federal gun laws that could apply. To fully understand all of the legal protections available, it is important that you also read the Federal Gun Laws pages.

WomensLaw.org strongly recommends that you get in touch with a domestic violence advocate or lawyer in your community for more information on gun laws in your area. To find legal assistance or a domestic violence organization, please go to the AR Where to Find Help page.

More Information and Where to Get Help

back to topIf the abuser's gun(s) is taken away, what will happen to it?

If the abuser’s gun(s) is taken away due to an order of protection, the sheriff for the county where the order is issued or where the domestic violence incident takes place will seize the gun(s) and store it in their property warehouse until the order expires.

 

 

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back to topI do not have a protection order against the abuser and s/he has not been convicted of a crime. Can s/he have a gun?

In Arkansas, there are many other circumstances under which it may be illegal for the abuser to have a gun.  See I am a victim of domestic violence and the abuser has a gun. Is that legal? for more information. 

Even if it is not illegal for the abuser to have a gun, you can still make a plan for your safety.  See our Staying Safe page for more information.  You can also contact your local domestic violence organization for additional help. You may want to talk to them about whether leaving the area - either long term or for a little while - might help improve your safety.  See our AR State and Local Programs page to find a local domestic violence organization near you.

For additional information on gun laws in Arkansas, you can go to the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence website.

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back to topI've read through all of this information, and I am still confused. What can I do?

Trying to understand both federal and state laws can be confusing, but there are people out there who can help you better understand the law and your rights under the law.

  • You can write to our Email Hotline.
  • You can contact a local domestic violence organization in your area.  See our AR State and Local Programs page.
  • You can also contact the National Center on Protection Orders and Full Faith & Credit to get more information about the federal firearm law and how it applies to you: 1-800-903-0111 x 2.

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