The Firing Line Forums

Go Back   The Firing Line Forums > The Conference Center > Law and Civil Rights

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old July 6, 2009, 09:39 PM   #1
Senior Member
Join Date: August 31, 2002
Location: Deep in the Heart of the Lone Star State (TX)
Posts: 1,998
Arkansas Gun/Knife laws

Can anyone tell me what Arkansas law says about carrying a pistol in your vehicle? I'm travelling there in a few weeks, and I wanted to know if the law was similar to Texas law (legal to carry in car w/o permit).

Also, is there any prohibition to carrying a folding knife on your person? In particular, the 3.5" CRKT folder (not assisted opening) this OK under AR law?

Many thanks in advance....
Proud member of Gun Culture 2.0......
seeker_two is offline  
Old July 6, 2009, 09:57 PM   #2
Senior Member
Join Date: January 23, 2006
Location: GA
Posts: 1,796
Don't take legal advise from me, but here's what I think is the applicable statute:
5-73-120.Carrying a weapon.

(a)A person commits the offense of carrying a weapon if he or she possesses a handgun, knife, or club on or about his or her person, in a vehicle occupied by him or her, or otherwise readily available for use with a purpose to employ the handgun, knife, or club as a weapon against a person.

(c)It is a defense to a prosecution under this section that at the time of the act of carrying a weapon:
(4)The person is carrying a weapon when upon a journey, unless the journey is through a commercial airport when presenting at the security checkpoint in the airport or is in the person's checked baggage and is not a lawfully declared weapon;

History.Acts 1975, No. 696, § 1; 1981, No. 813, § 1; A.S.A. 1947, § 41-3151; Acts 1987, No. 266, § 1; 1987, No. 556, § 1; 1987, No. 734, § 1; 1995, No. 832, § 1; 2003, No. 1267, § 2; 2005, No. 1994, § 293.
zoomie is offline  
Old July 7, 2009, 05:53 AM   #3
Senior Member
Join Date: August 31, 2002
Location: Deep in the Heart of the Lone Star State (TX)
Posts: 1,998
Sounds pretty vague....kinda like the old "traveler's defense" that Texas used to have....

How does AR law enforcement typically enforce it?....esp. in the Hot Springs area where I'll be traveling by car (no flying for me, thanks)?....
Proud member of Gun Culture 2.0......
seeker_two is offline  
Old July 7, 2009, 07:31 AM   #4
Dust Monkey
Senior Member
Join Date: April 24, 2007
Posts: 723
You should be ok on the knife. I carry the same knife. As far as traveling laws, I really don't know. You should call Arkansas State Police and ask, they are very helpful, Hot Springs PD is helpful as well.
Civilian Date: 14 Century
1 : a specialist in Roman or modern civil law.
If you are not subject to the UCMJ, you are a Civilian. I don't care one bit what updated dictionaries say.
Dust Monkey is offline  
Old July 13, 2009, 09:51 AM   #5
Junior Member
Join Date: August 16, 2005
Posts: 8
Do you have a Texas permit?

Arkansas reciprocates with Texas and a Texas permit is honored in Arkansas. Arkansas reciprocates with 30 other states. As far as on a journey goes, the case law is from the 1870's on that. It is interpreted hundreds of different ways by Arkansas courts. As far as the knife goes, you are OK.

Exec. VP, Arkansas Concealed Carry Association
JasonW is offline  

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 05:31 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
This site and contents, including all posts, Copyright © 1998-2016 S.W.A.T. Magazine
Copyright Complaints: Please direct DMCA Takedown Notices to the registered agent:
Contact Us
Page generated in 0.10453 seconds with 7 queries