Federal law requires firearms dealers to obtain a license from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives (ATF), although resource limitations prevent the ATF from properly overseeing all its licensees.
Arkansas does not require that firearms dealers be licensed.
For information about the Arkansas law:
- Requiring federally licensed dealers to conduct background checks on firearm purchasers, see the Arkansas Background Checks section.
- Applicable to both licensed and private firearm sellers, see the Arkansas Private Sales section.
See our Gun Dealers policy summary for a comprehensive discussion of this issue.