Arkansas Instructors say Concealed Handgun Permit Easy to Get - KAIT Jonesboro, AR - Region 8 News, weather, sports

Arkansas -- Brandi Hodges Reports

Arkansas Instructors say Concealed Handgun Permit Easy to Get

BROOKLAND, AR (KAIT) -- The process of obtaining a concealed handgun license in Arkansas is pretty easy.  Your first step is to find an instructor and get signed up to take a safety course, after that you fill out the application and within just a few months you can have your license.

"We have a familiarization portion as far as handguns in general the laws," said Poinsett County Sheriff's Department Detective Mark Robinson, who is also a certified handgun instructor.

"We also teach home defense, personal protection in the home, and outside the home.  We teach the types of handguns you'd want to use for a concealed carry," said firearms instructor Blake Williams.

Instructors say the class and the application process are pretty easy.  A live fire test is done at the end of the course so the student can show knowledge and proficiency in shooting.

"Once you take the class and safety course the instructor will have you fill out the application and explain to you the procedures for sending it in," said Williams.

The concealed carry handgun license application is a carbon copy form.  One form goes for the application process and the other two forms go to the local sheriff and the local police chief.

"They have thirty days to respond to the concealed handgun licensing section if they personally know why this person wouldn't be a suitable candidate," said Robinson.

"If they know that you're a trouble or if you're someone who poses a dangerous threat to the community or to yourself, then they can deny your concealed handgun license," said Williams.

Robinson says Arkansas is also a "shall issue state" so unless there's a legitimate reason why someone shouldn't be granted the permit, the state can still issue the license.  Both instructors also say the number of applicants has gone up in the past several months.


"The major reason is personal protection, other than that there's really no other reason to have one," said Williams.

You cannot apply for a concealed handgun license in Arkansas unless you are a Arkansas resident, at least 21 years old, has not been conflicted of a felony, and several more.

There are several states that recognize Arkansas concealed handgun licenses.  According to the Arkansas State Police, Arkansas law requires that the reciprocal state must have concealed handgun regulations that are at least as restrictive as the Arkansas regulations.  There are a number of reasons why reciprocity agreements for concealed handgun licensing do not exist with states not found in the states listed below.  Those reasons can be: a disparity in training requirements, lack of specific background check measures, or a lack of pre-requisites for application.

Alabama
Alaska
Arizona
Colorado
Delaware
Florida
Idaho
Indiana
Kansas
Kentucky
Louisiana (state only)
Michigan
Mississippi
Missouri
Montana
North Carolina
North Dakota
Ohio
Oklahoma
Pennsylvania
South Carolina
South Dakota
Tennessee
Texas
Utah
Virginia
West Virginia

  • Region 8 News</span><a class="customMoreLink" href="/Global/category.asp?C=4391" target="_top">More >></a>Region 8 NewsMore>>

  • Sinkhole at Spring River continues to grow, official says

    Sinkhole at Spring River continues to grow, official says

    Friday, June 22 2018 7:28 PM EDT2018-06-22 23:28:30 GMT
    Monday, June 25 2018 11:31 AM EDT2018-06-25 15:31:49 GMT
    Officials are working to find a solution to a sinkhole on the Spring River in Fulton County. (Source: Arkansas Game and Fish Commission Facebook page)Officials are working to find a solution to a sinkhole on the Spring River in Fulton County. (Source: Arkansas Game and Fish Commission Facebook page)

    A sinkhole in the Spring River in Fulton County where a man was killed earlier this month presents major safety issues as officials continue to work on a solution to the issue. 

    A sinkhole in the Spring River in Fulton County where a man was killed earlier this month presents major safety issues as officials continue to work on a solution to the issue. 

  • Deputies arrest 4 in Frito-Lay warehouse break-in

    Deputies arrest 4 in Frito-Lay warehouse break-in

    Monday, June 25 2018 10:10 AM EDT2018-06-25 14:10:34 GMT
    Monday, June 25 2018 10:21 AM EDT2018-06-25 14:21:09 GMT
    Jordan Tarvin (Source: White Co. Sheriff's Office)Jordan Tarvin (Source: White Co. Sheriff's Office)
    Jordan Tarvin (Source: White Co. Sheriff's Office)Jordan Tarvin (Source: White Co. Sheriff's Office)

    Several men might have thought they were in the chips when police say they broke into the Frito-Lay warehouse, but now they’re in jail.

    Several men might have thought they were in the chips when police say they broke into the Frito-Lay warehouse, but now they’re in jail.

  • MO man killed in weekend motorcycle crash

    MO man killed in weekend motorcycle crash

    Monday, June 25 2018 7:22 AM EDT2018-06-25 11:22:15 GMT
    Monday, June 25 2018 7:33 AM EDT2018-06-25 11:33:00 GMT
    (Source: AP Graphics Bank)(Source: AP Graphics Bank)
    (Source: AP Graphics Bank)(Source: AP Graphics Bank)

    A man driving a motorcycle was killed over the weekend in Missouri.

    A man driving a motorcycle was killed over the weekend in Missouri.

Powered by Frankly