Non-Resident Arkansas License

The laws governing the legal use, storage and carrying of firearms are constantly changing. Below are the applicable laws in the State of  as of 3/272013. The below information is designed to be a guide and not the final word. If you have specific questions, please refer to the State of Arkansas legislation at static.ark.org. Another great resource is the Arkansas State Police Department.

The State of Arkansas does not issue a non-resident Arkansas Concealed Handgun Carry License.  However, the state of Arkansas' annotated code does address military personnel stationed within the state of Arkansas.

§5-73-320. License for certain members of the Arkansas National Guard or a reserve component or active duty military personnel.
(a) The Department of Arkansas State Police may issue a license under this subchapter to a person who:
(1) Is currently serving as a federally recognized commissioned or noncommissioned officer of the National Guard or a reserve component of the armed forces of the United States or an active duty member of the armed forces of the United States;

(2) Submits the following documents:
(A) A completed concealed handgun license application as prescribed by the department;
(B) A form specified by the Director of the Department of Arkansas State Police reflecting the fingerprints of the soldier or airman;
(C) A dated letter personally signed by a commanding officer or his or her designee stating that the soldier or airman:

  • Is a current member of the National Guard or a reserve component of the armed forces of the United States or an active duty member of the armed forces of the United States;
  • Is of good character and sound judgment;
  • Is not disqualified by state or federal law from possessing a firearm;
  • Has met the military qualification requirements for issuance and operation of a handgun within one (1) year of the application date; and
  • Has been a resident of the State of Arkansas for the ninety-day period preceding the application date according to the military and pay records of the soldier or airman;

(D) A copy of the military range qualification score card signed and dated within one (1) year of the application date by a range officer or noncommissioned officer in charge of the range; and
(E) A copy of the face or photograph side of a current United States Uniformed Services military identification card for a member of the armed forces; and

(3) Submits any required application fee.

(b)(1) After July 31, 2007, a license issued under this section expires five (5) years from the date of issuance or upon the expiration date of the military identification card of the soldier or airman, whichever occurs first.

(2)(A) A license issued under this section is renewable for a period of five (5) years under the provisions of § 5-73-313 upon satisfaction of the requirements described in subsection (a) of this section.
(B) After December 31, 2007, a license issued under this section is required to bear a digital photograph of the soldier or airman.
(c) Except as otherwise specifically stated in this section, the license issued under this section is subject to the provisions of this subchapter and any rules promulgated under § 5-73-317.

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