An Arkansas firearm bill of sale is used when selling a firearm to document the sale and provide evidence of the change in ownership. There isn’t a state-mandated formula for what must be included in the document. As a general rule, the bill of sale should state the transaction date, the names and addresses of the buyer and seller, and the weapon information. Included with the weapon’s description should be the serial number, weapon type, action, caliber, and total selling price. Private firearms sales do not require a purchaser background check. However, sellers should always be careful not to sell a firearm to an illegible party (e.g., convict of a federal crime, drug addict). Furthermore, the purchaser must be at least eighteen (18) to buy a rifle or shotgun, and at least twenty-one (21) to buy a handgun.
- Firearm laws – Title 5, Ch. 73 (Weapons)
- Background check required? Not required in private sales.
- Permit required to purchase? No.
Conceal Carry Laws
Statute – §§ 5-73-301 – 5-73-323
Individuals aged eighteen (18) or older can only carry a concealed weapon without a permit or license in certain situations, such as when en route to a hunting area or when participating in a firearms training course (§ 5-73-119(e)). In all other situations, the weapon’s owner must obtain a license to carry a concealed weapon.
To apply for a concealed carry license, individuals must accomplish the following:
- Complete the online Concealed Handgun Carry License Application. Alternatively, the paper application may be filled out by hand and submitted in-person to the Arkansas State Police Headquarters, or sent by mail to the following address:
Arkansas State Police, ATTN: CHCL Section
1 State Police Plaza Drive
Little Rock, AR 72209
- Pay the first-time application fee: $91.90 if age sixty-four (64) or younger, $66.15 if older. This fee includes the application costs and background check.
- Get fingerprints taken by a local law enforcement agency or private business.
- Communicate with a concealed handgun instructor to schedule their attendance at a concealed carry training program. After completing the class, a certificate will be delivered to the applicant showing their approval for a concealed carry license.