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 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.

 See our Gun Dealers policy summary for a comprehensive discussion of this issue.