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Legal Information: Arkansas

State Gun Laws

February 12, 2020

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.