What are the requirements for a concealed carry permit?

On Behalf of | May 18, 2020 | Weapons Crimes |

Arkansas allows for the carrying of a concealed firearm if you have the proper permit. Arkansas.gov explains there are extensive requirements you must meet to obtain a concealed carry permit in the state. 

You can get one through the Director of the Division of Arkansas State Police with the proper application. You must also complete a training course and sign a statement that pledges your allegiance to the constitutions of the U.S. and Arkansas. 

General requirements 

You must be at least 21. If you are 18, you may get a permit only if you are a member or a former member of the military. You must be a citizen of the U.S and live in the state for 90 days or more before filing your application. 

Background requirements 

You cannot have a conviction within the previous five years of any violent crime or crime using a firearm. You also can have no felony convictions active on your record. 

You may not get a permit if law enforcement submits an affidavit that you are a danger to yourself or others. This is based on behavior in your past that may demonstrate instability or a tendency towards violence. 

You cannot have any mental or physical problems that would make it impossible for you to safely own and handle a firearm. This includes an addiction to a controlled substance or alcohol. The mental health requirements are quite strict. You can have no past records of issues that could point to any instability in your mental health. 


A concealed carry permit is valid for five years. However, if you have a criminal conviction that makes you ineligible for a permit or you fail to meet other requirements while holding a permit, the director may revoke it.