Arkansas — Gun Facts, Figures and the Law

Arkansas — Gun Facts, Figures and the Law

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StockpilesGun Numbers

Civilian Guns

Percentage of Adults Living in a Home With a Gun

ChartIn Arkansas, the fraction of adults living in a household with a firearm is reported to be

2004: 59.01
2002: 58.32
2001: 55.33

Proportion of Households with Firearms

In Arkansas, the percentage of households with one or more guns is reported to be 2004: 52.514

Gun Ownership by US State and Decade

ChartIn Arkansas, the percentage of households with one or more guns is estimated to be

2001/2010: 65.45 6
1991/2000: 72.4
1981/1990: 79.4

ImpactsDeath and Injury

Total Number of Gun Deaths

ChartIn Arkansas, annual deaths resulting from firearms total

2010: 4197
2009: 465
2008: 444
2007: 426
2006: 426
2005: 439
2004: 406
2003: 413
2002: 441
2001: 412
2000: 416
1999: 388

Rate of All Gun Deaths per 100,000 People

ChartIn Arkansas, the annual rate of all gun deaths per 100,000 population is

2010: 14.377
2009: 16.05
2008: 15.45
2007: 14.95
2006: 15.10
2005: 15.79
2004: 14.77
2003: 15.16
2002: 16.30
2001: 15.31
2000: 15.56
1999: 14.63

Homicides (any method)

ChartIn Arkansas, annual homicides by any means total

2010: 1887
2009: 219
2008: 214
2007: 243
2006: 234
2005: 219
2004: 211
2003: 195
2002: 194
2001: 183
2000: 204
1999: 179

Rate of Homicide per 100,000 People (any method)

ChartIn Arkansas, the annual rate of homicide by any means per 100,000 population is

2010: 6.457
2009: 7.56
2008: 7.44
2007: 8.53
2006: 8.29
2005: 7.87
2004: 7.67
2003: 7.16
2002: 7.17
2001: 6.80
2000: 7.63
1999: 6.75

Gun Homicides

ChartIn Arkansas, annual firearm homicides total

2010: 1327
2009: 157
2008: 145
2007: 153
2006: 155
2005: 154
2004: 141
2003: 123
2002: 146
2001: 110
2000: 140
1999: 118

Rate of Gun Homicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn Arkansas, the annual rate of firearm homicide per 100,000 population is

2010: 4.537
2009: 5.42
2008: 5.04
2007: 5.37
2006: 5.49
2005: 5.54
2004: 5.13
2003: 4.51
2002: 5.40
2001: 4.09
2000: 5.24
1999: 4.45

Handgun Homicides

ChartIn Arkansas, according to figures from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI),8 annual handgun homicides total

2012: 559 10
2011: 52
2010: 49
2009: 54
2008: 65
2007: 92
2006: 82
2005: 74
2004: 69
2003: 68
2002: 74
2001: 69
2000: 67
1999: 64
1998: 85
1997: 95
1996: 116
1995: 130

Rate of Handgun Homicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn Arkansas, according to figures from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI),11 the annual rate of handgun homicide per 100,000 population is

2012: 1.8612
2011: 1.77
2010: 1.68
2009: 1.86
2008: 2.26
2007: 3.23
2006: 2.91
2005: 2.66
2004: 2.51
2003: 2.50
2002: 2.73
2001: 2.56
2000: 2.50
1999: 2.41
1998: 3.24
1997: 3.65
1996: 4.51
1995: 5.13

Handgun Homicides (CDC)

ChartIn Arkansas, according to figures from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC),8 annual handgun homicides total

2010: 0 Suppressed13 10
2009: 0 Suppressed
2008: 0 Suppressed
2007: 0 Suppressed
2006: 0 Suppressed
2005: 0 Suppressed
2004: 0 Suppressed
2003: 17
2002: 12
2001: 15
2000: 28
1999: 13

Rate of Handgun Homicide per 100,000 People (CDC)

ChartIn Arkansas, according to figures from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC),11 the annual rate of handgun homicide per 100,000 population is

2010: 0.00 Unreliable13 10
2009: 0.00 Unreliable
2008: 0.00 Unreliable
2007: 0.00 Unreliable
2006: 0.00 Unreliable
2005: 0.00 Unreliable
2004: 0.00 Unreliable
2003: 0.00 Unreliable
2002: 0.00 Unreliable
2001: 0.00 Unreliable
2000: 1.05
1999: 0.00 Unreliable

Long Gun Homicides

ChartIn Arkansas, according to figures from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI),14 annual long gun homicides total

2012: 109 10
2011: 10
2010: 11
2009: 10
2008: 10
2007: 17
2006: 25
2005: 18
2004: 9
2003: 21
2002: 15
2001: 15
2000: 22
1999: 19
1998: 40
1997: 31
1996: 32
1995: 37

Rate of Long Gun Homicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn Arkansas, according to figures from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI),15 the annual rate of long gun homicide per 100,000 population is

2012: 0.3412
2011: 0.34
2010: 0.38
2009: 0.35
2008: 0.35
2007: 0.60
2006: 0.89
2005: 0.65
2004: 0.33
2003: 0.77
2002: 0.55
2001: 0.56
2000: 0.82
1999: 0.72
1998: 1.52
1997: 1.19
1996: 1.24
1995: 1.46

Long Gun Homicides (CDC)

ChartIn Arkansas, according to figures from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC),14 annual long gun homicides total

2010: 1013 10
2009: 12
2008: 11
2007: 15
2006: 14
2005: 23
2004: 15
2003: 21
2002: 20
2001: 15
2000: 19
1999: 11

Rate of Long Gun Homicide per 100,000 People (CDC)

ChartIn Arkansas, according to figures from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC),15 the annual rate of long gun homicide per 100,000 population is

2010: 0.00 Unreliable13 10
2009: 0.00 Unreliable
2008: 0.00 Unreliable
2007: 0.00 Unreliable
2006: 0.00 Unreliable
2005: 0.83
2004: 0.00 Unreliable
2003: 0.77
2002: 0.74
2001: 0.00 Unreliable
2000: 0.00 Unreliable
1999: 0.00 Unreliable

Gun Homicides (Other)

ChartIn Arkansas, according to figures from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI),16 annual firearm homicides (Other) total

2012: 439 10
2011: 48
2010: 33
2009: 43
2008: 35
2007: 21
2006: 27
2005: 28
2004: 17
2003: 14
2002: 14
2001: 8
2000: 16
1999: 14
1998: 9
1997: 42
1996: 7
1995: 23

Rate of Gun Homicide (Other) per 100,000 People

ChartIn Arkansas, according to figures from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI),17 the annual rate of firearm homicide (Other) per 100,000 population is

2012: 1.4612
2011: 1.63
2010: 1.13
2009: 1.48
2008: 1.22
2007: 0.74
2006: 0.96
2005: 1.01
2004: 0.62
2003: 0.51
2002: 0.52
2001: 0.30
2000: 0.60
1999: 0.53
1998: 0.34
1997: 1.61
1996: 0.27
1995: 0.91

Gun Homicides (Other) (CDC)

ChartIn Arkansas, according to figures from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC),16 annual firearm homicides (Other) total

2010: 12113 10
2009: 144
2008: 133
2007: 137
2006: 133
2005: 124
2004: 117
2003: 85
2002: 114
2001: 80
2000: 93
1999: 94

Rate of Gun Homicide (Other) per 100,000 People (CDC)

ChartIn Arkansas, according to figures from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC),17 the annual rate of firearm homicide (Other) per 100,000 population is

2010: 4.1513 10
2009: 4.97
2008: 4.63
2007: 4.81
2006: 4.71
2005: 4.46
2004: 4.26
2003: 3.12
2002: 4.21
2001: 2.97
2000: 3.48
1999: 3.54

Suicides (any method)

ChartIn Arkansas, annual suicides by any means total

2010: 4477
2009: 422
2008: 447
2007: 402
2006: 376
2005: 400
2004: 361
2003: 374
2002: 377
2001: 382
2000: 349
1999: 336

Rate of Suicide per 100,000 People (any method)

ChartIn Arkansas, the annual rate of suicide by any means per 100,000 population is

2010: 15.337
2009: 14.57
2008: 15.55
2007: 14.11
2006: 13.33
2005: 14.38
2004: 13.13
2003: 13.73
2002: 13.93
2001: 14.19
2000: 13.05
1999: 12.67

Gun Suicides

ChartIn Arkansas, annual firearm suicides total

2010: 2667
2009: 285
2008: 275
2007: 244
2006: 247
2005: 262
2004: 232
2003: 258
2002: 257
2001: 274
2000: 244
1999: 234

Rate of Gun Suicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn Arkansas, the annual rate of firearm suicide per 100,000 population is

2010: 9.127
2009: 9.84
2008: 9.57
2007: 8.57
2006: 8.75
2005: 9.42
2004: 8.44
2003: 9.47
2002: 9.50
2001: 10.18
2000: 9.13
1999: 8.82

Handgun Suicides

ChartIn Arkansas, annual handgun suicides total

2010: 1013
2009: 22
2008: 20
2007: 17
2006: 25
2005: 19
2004: 18
2003: 15
2002: 20
2001: 15
2000: 22
1999: 10

Rate of Handgun Suicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn Arkansas, the annual rate of handgun suicide per 100,000 population is

2010: 0.00 Unreliable13
2009: 0.76
2008: 0.70
2007: 0.00 Unreliable
2006: 0.89
2005: 0.00 Unreliable
2004: 0.00 Unreliable
2003: 0.00 Unreliable
2002: 0.74
2001: 0.00 Unreliable
2000: 0.82
1999: 0.00 Unreliable

Long Gun Suicides

ChartIn Arkansas, the number of long gun suicides is

2010: 2313
2009: 28
2008: 30
2007: 21
2006: 35
2005: 32
2004: 33
2003: 28
2002: 37
2001: 27
2000: 30
1999: 23

Rate of Long Gun Suicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn Arkansas, the annual rate of long gun suicide per 100,000 population is

2010: 0.7913
2009: 0.97
2008: 1.04
2007: 0.74
2006: 1.24
2005: 1.15
2004: 1.20
2003: 1.03
2002: 1.37
2001: 1.00
2000: 1.12
1999: 0.87

Gun Suicides (Other)

ChartIn Arkansas, annual gun suicides (other) total

2010: 23313
2009: 235
2008: 225
2007: 206
2006: 187
2005: 211
2004: 181
2003: 215
2002: 200
2001: 232
2000: 192
1999: 201

Rate of Gun Suicide (Other) per 100,000 People

ChartIn Arkansas, the annual rate of gun suicide (other) per 100,000 population is

2010: 7.9913
2009: 8.11
2008: 7.83
2007: 7.23
2006: 6.63
2005: 7.59
2004: 6.58
2003: 7.89
2002: 7.39
2001: 8.62
2000: 7.18
1999: 7.58

Unintentional Gun Deaths

ChartIn Arkansas, annual unintentional shooting deaths total

2010: 147
2009: 14
2008: 17
2007: 21
2006: 12
2005: 14
2004: 16
2003: 18
2002: 22
2001: 19
2000: 19
1999: 24

Rate of Unintentional Gun Death per 100,000 People

ChartIn Arkansas, the annual rate of unintentional shooting death per 100,000 population is

2010: 0.487
2009: 0.48
2008: 0.59
2007: 0.74
2006: 0.43
2005: 0.50
2004: 0.58
2003: 0.66
2002: 0.81
2001: 0.71
2000: 0.71
1999: 0.91

Unintentional Handgun Deaths

ChartIn Arkansas, annual unintentional shooting deaths by handgun total

2010: 0 Suppressed13
2009: 0 Suppressed
2008: 0 Suppressed
2007: 0 Suppressed
2006: 0 Suppressed
2005: 0 Suppressed
2004: 0 Suppressed
2003: 0 Suppressed
2002: 0 Suppressed
2001: 0 Suppressed
2000: 0 Suppressed
1999: 0 Suppressed

Rate of Unintentional Handgun Death per 100,000 People

ChartIn Arkansas, the annual rate of unintentional shooting death by handgun per 100,000 population is

2010: 0.00 Unreliable13
2009: 0.00 Unreliable
2008: 0.00 Unreliable
2007: 0.00 Unreliable
2006: 0.00 Unreliable
2005: 0.00 Unreliable
2004: 0.00 Unreliable
2003: 0.00 Unreliable
2002: 0.00 Unreliable
2001: 0.00 Unreliable
2000: 0.00 Unreliable
1999: 0.00 Unreliable

Unintentional Long Gun Deaths

ChartIn Arkansas, annual unintentional shooting deaths by long gun total

2010: 0 Suppressed13
2009: 0 Suppressed
2008: 0 Suppressed
2007: 0 Suppressed
2006: 0 Suppressed
2005: 0 Suppressed
2004: 0 Suppressed
2003: 0 Suppressed
2002: 0 Suppressed
2001: 0 Suppressed
2000: 0 Suppressed
1999: 0 Suppressed

Rate of Unintentional Long Gun Death per 100,000 People

ChartIn Arkansas, the annual rate of unintentional shooting death by long gun per 100,000 population is

2010: 0.00 Unreliable13
2009: 0.00 Unreliable
2008: 0.00 Unreliable
2007: 0.00 Unreliable
2006: 0.00 Unreliable
2005: 0.00 Unreliable
2004: 0.00 Unreliable
2003: 0.00 Unreliable
2002: 0.00 Unreliable
2001: 0.00 Unreliable
2000: 0.00 Unreliable
1999: 0.00 Unreliable

Unintentional Gun Deaths (Other)

ChartIn Arkansas, annual unintentional shooting deaths by firearm (other) total

2010: 0 Suppressed13
2009: 0 Suppressed
2008: 15
2007: 14
2006: 0 Suppressed
2005: 0 Suppressed
2004: 13
2003: 15
2002: 15
2001: 10
2000: 0 Suppressed
1999: 20

Rate of Unintentional Gun Death (Other) per 100,000 People

ChartIn Arkansas, the annual rate of unintentional shooting death by firearm (other) per 100,000 population is

2010: 0.00 Unreliable13
2009: 0.00 Unreliable
2008: 0.00 Unreliable
2007: 0.00 Unreliable
2006: 0.00 Unreliable
2005: 0.00 Unreliable
2004: 0.00 Unreliable
2003: 0.00 Unreliable
2002: 0.00 Unreliable
2001: 0.00 Unreliable
2000: 0.00 Unreliable
1999: 0.75

Gun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

ChartIn Arkansas, annual shooting deaths in which the cause remains undecided total

2007: 57
2006: 10
2005: 7
2004: 11
2003: 5
2002: 13
2001: 3
2000: 9
1999: 7

Rate of Gun Death from Undetermined Cause per 100,000 People

ChartIn Arkansas, the annual rate of unknown-cause shooting deaths per 100,000 population is

2007: 0.187
2006: 0.35
2005: 0.25
2004: 0.40
2003: 0.18
2002: 0.48
2001: 0.11
2000: 0.34
1999: 0.26

Handgun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

ChartIn Arkansas, annual deaths by handgun in which the cause remains undecided total

2010: 0 Suppressed13
2009: 0 Suppressed
2008: 0 Suppressed
2007: 0 Suppressed
2006: 0 Suppressed
2005: 0 Suppressed
2004: 0 Suppressed
2003: 0 Suppressed
2002: 0 Suppressed
2001: 0 Suppressed
2000: 0 Suppressed
1999: 0 Suppressed

Rate of Handgun Death from Undetermined Cause per 100,000 People

ChartIn Arkansas, the annual rate of unknown-cause handgun deaths per 100,000 population is

2010: 0.00 Unreliable13
2009: 0.00 Unreliable
2008: 0.00 Unreliable
2007: 0.00 Unreliable
2006: 0.00 Unreliable
2005: 0.00 Unreliable
2004: 0.00 Unreliable
2003: 0.00 Unreliable
2002: 0.00 Unreliable
2001: 0.00 Unreliable
2000: 0.00 Unreliable
1999: 0.00 Unreliable

Long Gun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

ChartIn Arkansas, annual deaths by long gun in which the cause remains undecided total

2010: 0 Suppressed13
2009: 0 Suppressed
2008: 0 Suppressed
2007: 0 Suppressed
2006: 0 Suppressed
2005: 0 Suppressed
2004: 0 Suppressed
2003: 0 Suppressed
2002: 0 Suppressed
2001: 0 Suppressed
2000: 0 Suppressed
1999: 0 Suppressed

Rate of Long Gun Death from Undetermined Cause per 100,000 People

ChartIn Arkansas, the annual rate of unknown-cause long gun deaths per 100,000 population is

2010: 0.00 Unreliable13
2009: 0.00 Unreliable
2008: 0.00 Unreliable
2007: 0.00 Unreliable
2006: 0.00 Unreliable
2005: 0.00 Unreliable
2004: 0.00 Unreliable
2003: 0.00 Unreliable
2002: 0.00 Unreliable
2001: 0.00 Unreliable
2000: 0.00 Unreliable
1999: 0.00 Unreliable

Gun Deaths (Other) from Undetermined Cause

ChartIn Arkansas, annual deaths by firearm (other) in which the cause remains undecided total

2010: 0 Suppressed13
2009: 0 Suppressed
2008: 0 Suppressed
2007: 0 Suppressed
2006: 10
2005: 0 Suppressed
2004: 0 Suppressed
2003: 0 Suppressed
2002: 10
2001: 0 Suppressed
2000: 0 Suppressed
1999: 0 Suppressed

Rate of Gun Death (Other) from Undetermined Cause per 100,000 People

ChartIn Arkansas, the annual rate of unknown-cause gun deaths (other) per 100,000 population is

2010: 0.00 Unreliable13
2009: 0.00 Unreliable
2008: 0.00 Unreliable
2007: 0.00 Unreliable
2006: 0.00 Unreliable
2005: 0.00 Unreliable
2004: 0.00 Unreliable
2003: 0.00 Unreliable
2002: 0.00 Unreliable
2001: 0.00 Unreliable
2000: 0.00 Unreliable
1999: 0.00 Unreliable

Justifiable Gun Homicides

ChartIn Arkansas, annual legal-intervention gun homicides total

2011: 118
2010: 8
2009: 2
2008: 819
2007: 3
2006: 2
2005: 0
2004: 0
2003: 8
2002: 6
2001: 020
2000: 3
1999: 1
1998: 4
1997: 1
1996: 1
1995: 9

TransfersGun Trade and Trafficking

Origin of Crime Guns

Suppliers of Crime Guns to Other US States (Rate)

When crime guns seized in the United States were traced, interstate gun traffickers had sourced their weapons from Arkansas at a rate of 26.621 per 100,000 inhabitants

Suppliers of Crime Guns to Other US States (Rank)

When crime guns seized in the United States were traced, Arkansas ranked at No. 1121 out of 51 US jurisdictions as a source of weapons for interstate gun trafficking

MeasuresGun Regulation

Firearm Regulation – Guiding Policy

The regulation of guns in Arkansas is categorised as permissive22

Firearm Law

Guiding gun control legislation in Arkansas includes the Arkansas Code of 1987 and the Constitution of Arkansas of 187423

Firearm Regulation Authority

Guns in Arkansas are regulated by the State of Arkansas24 25 26

Right to Possess Firearms

In Arkansas, the right to private gun ownership is conditionally guaranteed by the US Constitution,27 as limited by federal law28 and state law29 25 26

Restricted Firearms and Ammunition

In Arkansas, civilians are not allowed to possess machine guns and automatic firearms,30 but civilians are allowed to possess assault weapons,31 .50 calibre rifles32and large capacity ammunition magazines33 25 26

Regulation of Automatic Weapons

In Arkansas, private possession of fully automatic weapons is prohibited30 34 25 26

Regulation of Semiautomatic Assault Weapons

In Arkansas, private possession of semi-automatic assault weapons is permitted without a licence31 25 26

Regulation of Handguns

In Arkansas, private possession of handguns (pistols and revolvers) is permitted without a licence35 25 26

Gun Ownership and Possession

In Arkansas, non-prohibited persons of minimum age35 36 25 26 may lawfully acquire, possess or transfer a firearm or ammunition

Minimum Age for Firearm Possession

The minimum age for gun ownership in Arkansas is 18 years (no minimum age for rifles and shotguns)37 25 26

Domestic Violence and Firearms

Where a past history, or apprehended likelihood of family violence exists, the law in Arkansas does not stipulate38 25 26 that firearm possession should be denied or revoked

Firearm Safety Training

In Arkansas, an understanding of firearm safety and the law, tested in a theoretical and/or practical training course is required for a permit to carry a hidden handgun3925 26

Firearm Registration

Civilian Gun Registration

In Arkansas, the law does not require40 25 26 that a record of the acquisition, possession and transfer of each privately held firearm be retained in an official register

Gun Dealer Record Keeping

In Arkansas, licensed firearm dealers are not required41 25 26 to keep a record of each firearm or ammunition purchase, sale or transfer on behalf of a regulating authority

Gun Sales and Transfers

Background Checks for Private Gun Sales

The buyer of a firearm in a private sale in Arkansas is not obliged42 43 25 26 to pass official background checks before taking possession

Background Checks on Dealer Gun Sales

The buyer of a firearm from a licensed gun dealer in Arkansas is not obliged (under State Law)42 25 26 to pass official background checks before taking possession

Regulation of Private Gun Sales

In Arkansas, the private sale and transfer of firearms is permitted43 25 26

Regulation of Dealer Gun Sales

In Arkansas, dealing in firearms by way of business without a valid gun dealer’s licence is not unlawful44 25 26

Limit on Gun Dealer Sales

In Arkansas, the number and type of firearms which can be sold by a licensed gun dealer to a single gun owner is not limited 45 25 26

Number of Licensed Gun Dealers

The number of licensed firearm dealers in Arkansas is reported to be 2011: 1,81246

Waiting Period for Gun Possession

In Arkansas, the minimum wait for a lawful firearm purchase to be completed is undetermined47 25 26

Regulation of Gun Shows

In Arkansas, gun shows and temporary firearm dealing events are not regulated48 2526 in law

Storage and Transport of Guns and Ammunition

Firearm and Ammunition Storage Regulations – Private

Firearm regulations in Arkansas do not include49 25 26 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of private guns and ammunition

Firearm and Ammunition Storage Regulations – Dealer

Firearm regulations in Arkansas do not include50 25 26 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of firearms and ammunition by licensed arms dealers

Firearm and Ammunition Transport Regulations

Although regulations in Arkansas do not include49 25 26 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of firearms and ammunition while in transit, US federal law does apply51

Marking and Tracing Guns and Ammunition

Firearm Marking

In Arkansas, a unique identifying mark on each firearm is required by law52 53 54 5556 25 26

Ballistic Marking of Firearms and Ammunition

In Arkansas, state authorities do not employ57 25 26 ballistic fingerprinting technology to trace guns and ammunition

Carrying Guns

Carrying Guns Openly in Public

In Arkansas, carrying a firearm in plain view in a public place is prohibited for handguns58 25 26

Carrying Hidden Handguns in Public

In Arkansas, carrying a concealed firearm in a public place is allowed, subject to a valid permit39 25 26

Hidden Handgun Permit May, or Shall Be Issued

In Arkansas, local licensing authorities “shall issue”, without room for discretion,39 5925 26 a hidden handgun carry permit to any non-prohibited person who applies

Reciprocity for Hidden Handgun Permit Holders

In Arkansas, gun owners with a permit to carry hidden handguns issued in another jurisdiction are granted (by mutual agreement)39 25 26 reciprocal rights

Exempting Hidden Handgun Permit Holders from Background Checks

In Arkansas, gun owners with a valid permit to carry a hidden handgun are exempt6025 26 from background checks when buying from a licensed gun dealer

Gun Free Zones

In Arkansas, private guns are prohibited in bars and restaurants, Police stations, buildings of the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department, prisons or jails, courtrooms, polling places, meeting places of ‘the governing body of any governmental entity’, state offices, athletic events, airports, churches, parades or demonstrations, State Capitol or Justice Buildings, publicly owned buildings or facilities (parks and fields),61 vehicles62 and schools63 25 26

Penalty for Illicit Firearm Possession

In Arkansas, the maximum penalty for unlawful possession of a firearm64 is 6 years prison65 66 25 26

Grading US State Gun Laws

Gun Law Ranking – LCPGV/Brady

In their ‘A-F’ State Scorecard of US gun laws, the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence and the Brady Campaign ranked Arkansas as ‘F’67

Gun Law Ranking – Brady Campaign

ChartIn its annual State Scorecard, the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence scored firearm legislation in Arkansas on a scale of 0 points (weak) to 100 points (strong)

2011: 468
2010: 469
2009: 470
2008: 671
2007: 672

Gun Law Ranking – Open Society Institute

In its Comparative Survey of State Firearm Laws, the Open Society Institute ranked Arkansas at No. 4173 among 50 US States

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