How to Buy a Gun in Arkansas

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There are several reasons to buy a gun: protection, hunting or collecting to name a few. In Arkansas, a permit is not required, and you do not need to register your guns. There is also no waiting period. However, a permit is required to carry a concealed weapon, and you have to be a resident of Arkansas for at least 90 days before buying a handgun.

Decide what type of gun you need based on your reason for buying it. For protection, get a handgun. For hunting, get a rifle.

Check to see when concealed weapons classes or hunter's education classes are offered.

Find a reputable gun dealer by searching websites, such as Gunners Den or US Firearms.

Go to gun shows to see what's available. To find a gun and knife show near you, visit the Gun Shows USA website.

Answer a few required questions and wait for the dealer to call in a background check.

Purchase the gun, some ammunition and learn to use and care for your gun correctly.


  • Those under 18 are restricted from buying handguns but not rifles.
  • You cannot buy a hand gun unless you're at least 21.


  • Take concealed weapon classes if you're buying a hand gun.
  • Take hunter's education classes if you're buying a hunting rifle.
  • You must have a valid driver's license.
  • Keep your guns locked up and out of the reach of children.
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