If 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.
I 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 Advocates and Shelters page to find a local domestic violence organization near you.
For additional information on gun laws in Arkansas, you can go to the Giffords Law Center website.
Also, federal laws, which apply to all states, restrict an abuser’s right to have a gun under other circumstances. Go to Federal Gun Laws to get more information.
I'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 Advocates and Shelters 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.