Arkansas

Arkansas Law

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE FIREARM PROHIBITIONS

Arkansas Domestic Violence Firearm Purchase and Possession Prohibitions

Arkansas does not prohibit the following persons from purchasing or possessing firearms or ammunition:

  • Persons convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence.
  • Persons subject to any order of protection.

ARKANSAS CIVIL ORDER OF PROTECTION FIREARM REMOVAL

Domestic Violence Civil Orders of Protection That Require Firearm Removal

Arkansas does not require removal of firearms from persons subject to orders of protection. Arkansas law does provide that a judge issuing a temporary order of protection or final order of protection may “[o]rder other relief as the court deems necessary or appropriate for the protection of a family or household member.”1 Individuals Who May Petition for a Protective Order The following persons may petition for a protective order:

  1. Spouses;
  2. Former spouses;
  3. Parents;
  4. Children;
  5. Persons related by blood within 4th degree of consanguinity;
  6. In-laws;
  7. Children residing in the household;
  8. Current or former cohabitants;
  9. Persons who have a child in common;
  10. Persons currently or formerly in a dating relationship.2

Penalties for Violation

A violation of an order of protection is a class A misdemeanor punishable by a term of imprisonment not to exceed one year, a fine of not more than $1,000, or both.3

This page was updated September 5, 2018. Please note that data used are the most recent available data.