Fort Smith, AR asked in Criminal Law, Constitutional Law and Federal Crimes for Arkansas

Q: Is a unloaded firearm considered a illegal weapon?

I plan on getting my CCW permit in the next month or two but I am broke right now. Can I carry my pistol concealed if it is unloaded in my holster and the magazine is in a separate pocket?

1 Lawyer Answer
W. Whitfield Hyman
W. Whitfield Hyman
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Fayetteville, AR
  • Licensed in Arkansas

A: As long as you haven't been convicted of any disqualifying crimes, you can carry a gun openly and loaded just avoid colleges, publicly owned buildings, areas around k through 12 schools, places with signs prohibiting weapons, and the parking lots of those areas and you'll be fine. Technically I believe you can carry concealed without a license but the attorney general disagrees and you might get convicted and or do jail time while the judges and lawyers sort it out.

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