C F asked in Politics & GovernmentLaw & Ethics · 1 decade ago

is it against the law to carry a hand gun in you car in the state of arkansas?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    The relevant law:

    http://170.94.58.9/NXT/gateway.dll?f=templates&fn=...

    In general, to carry a loaded gun in reach, you need a concealed carry permit, unless you are on a journey.

    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.

    (b) As used in this section:

    (1) “Club” means any instrument that is specially designed, made, or adapted for the purpose of inflicting serious physical injury or death by striking, including a blackjack, billie, and sap;

    (2) “Handgun” means any firearm with a barrel length of less than twelve inches (12²) that is designed, made, or adapted to be fired with one (1) hand; and

    (3) (A) “Knife” means any bladed hand instrument that is capable of inflicting serious physical injury or death by cutting or stabbing.

    (B) “Knife” includes a dirk, sword or spear in a cane, razor, ice pick, throwing star, switchblade, and butterfly knife.

    (c) It is a defense to a prosecution under this section that at the time of the act of carrying a weapon:

    (1) The person is in his or her own dwelling, place of business, or on property in which he or she has a possessory or proprietary interest;

    (2) The person is a law enforcement officer, correctional officer, or member of the armed forces acting in the course and scope of his or her official duties;

    (3) The person is assisting a law enforcement officer, correctional officer, or member of the armed forces acting in the course and scope of his or her official duties pursuant to the direction or request of the law enforcement officer, correctional officer, or member of the armed forces;

    (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;

    (5) The person is a licensed security guard acting in the course and scope of his or her duties;

    (6) The person is hunting game with a handgun that may be hunted with a handgun under rules and regulations of the Arkansas State Game and Fish Commission or is en route to or from a hunting area for the purpose of hunting game with a handgun;

    (7) The person is a certified law enforcement officer; or

    (8) The person is in a motor vehicle and the person has a license to carry a concealed weapon pursuant to § 5-73-301 et seq.

    (d) (1) Any person who carries a weapon into an establishment that sells alcoholic beverages is guilty of a misdemeanor and subject to a fine of not more than two thousand five hundred dollars ($2,500) or imprisonment for not more than one (1) year, or both.

    (2) Otherwise, carrying a weapon is a Class A misdemeanor.

    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.

  • 1 decade ago

    They may have changed the law since I last looked there, but first, the question is whether one has a CC permit. If you do, then it is legal.

    Without a permit, the question is whether one is "on a journey". What the heck a journey is would be anyone's guess, but the cases suggest that a journey is when you're traveling to where you don't know people, and intend an overnight stay.

    If you're popping out for a burger, that's definitely not a journey.

  • 1 decade ago

    I think as long as it not within reach and not loaded and the bullets are no where near the gun then it is okay. I am not sure though. Me and my dad both have carried guns in our vehicles (not for long periods of time though)

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