Child Access Prevention
Arkansas has no law that imposes a penalty on someone who fails to secure an unattended firearm and leaves it accessible to an unsupervised minor.
However, a parent must prevent illegal firearm possession or report the possession to an appropriate authority if he or she knows that his or her minor child is in illegal possession of a firearm in or upon:
- The premises of a public or private school;
- A public or private school’s athletic stadium or other facility or building in which school-sponsored events are conducted; or
- A public park, playground, or civic center.1
For purposes of this provision, “parent” is defined as a parent, stepparent, legal guardian, or person in loco parentis or who has legal custody of a student pursuant to a court order and with whom the student resides.2
Arkansas has no law that requires unattended firearms to be stored in a certain way.
Arkansas also does not require a locking device to accompany the sale of a firearm, and no state statutes require firearm owners to affirmatively lock their weapons.
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- Ark. Code Ann. § 5-27-210(b). Minor is defined as a person under 18 years of age. Ark. Code Ann. § 5-25-101(4).
- Ark. Code Ann. § 5-27-210(a)(2).