here has been a lot of talk about the "technical corrections" made to the offense 5-73-120, carrying a weapon.. Most of this talk concerns whether or not open carry now exists in Arkansas, despite a bill allowing such not passing during the same year in which the "technical corrections" bill did pass. The new law is already in effect and has been since July. Prior to the new changes coming into effect, the Attorney General of the State of Arkansas issued an opinion
On Tuesday, February, 28, 2013, a bill to allow handguns to
be openly carried in Arkansas made its way to the House Judiciary
Committee. Although the bill originally
called for open carry of handguns with few restrictions, the version that was
voted on by the House Judiciary Committee had been watered down to the point of
simply asking for the open carry of handguns in non-incorporated areas (meaning
outside city limits) and protecting Arkansas citizens with valid Concealed
Carry Licenses (CCL) from being prosecuted in the event they inadvertently
display their concealed carry weapon.
It is illegal under Arkansas law for a person convicted of the following crimes to possess body armor (bullet proof body armor to be specific):
(1) Capital murder, § 5-10-101;
(2) Murder in the first degree, § 5-10-102;
(3) Murder in the second degree, § 5-10-103;
(4) Manslaughter, § 5-10-104;
(5) Aggravated robbery, § 5-12-103;
(6) Battery in the first degree, § 5-13-201; or
(7) Aggravated assault, § 5-13-204.
Many people do not know this, but it is unlawful for any person who has been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence (in Arkansas the most common misdemeanor domestic violence crime is domestic battery in the third degree), to possess a firearm. This is a federal statute, which means that it supersedes any relevant state statute to the contrary. What the statute means is that if a person has been found guilty or have plead guilty/no contest to a crime of domestic violence (even a misdemeanor) that person has lost the right to possess a fire arm for life.