If the abuser has been convicted of a crime, can s/he keep or buy a gun?
Arkansas state law says that a person can be denied a license to carry a concealed weapon if s/he:
- has been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of violence or of “carrying a weapon” within the last 5 years (unless the person received a suspended sentence for the crime or it was expunged);1
- has been convicted of a felony in any state;
- has been found guilty of a drug crime or 2 or more alcohol-related crimes within the last 3 years; or
- is a fugitive or has a warrant out for his/her arrest.2
If s/he already has a license to carry a concealed weapon, that license can be revoked (canceled) if:
- the person has been found guilty of a crime of violence within the last 3 years; or
- the department that issues licenses is notified by any law enforcement agency or a court that the license-holder (or applicant) is arrested or formally charged with a crime that would disqualify him/her from having a license. The license can be revoked until the criminal case is decided; at that point, it can continue to be revoked or it can be re-instated, depending on the outcome of the case.3
Also, federal laws, which apply to all states, restrict an abuser’s right to have a gun if s/he has been convicted of a felony or a domestic violence misdemeanor. Go to Federal Gun Laws to get more information.
1 A.C.A. § 5 -73-308(a)(1)(A),(a)(2)
2 A.C.A. § 5 -73-309
3 see A.C.A. § 5 -73-308(a)(1)(B),(a)(3)