In the State of Arkansas, can I buy a handgun at 18?

Discussion in 'Arkansas Gun Forum' started by RonPaul2012, Jul 19, 2012.

  1. RonPaul2012

    RonPaul2012 New Member

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    The Law, as does in many other states, states that you must be 21 in order to buy a handgun from a licensed dealer, but makes no mention from private transactions. It does, however, say that in order to purchase a gun (from a licensed dealer or not), you must be 18. So my thinking, as is many people's, is that you only have to be 18 in order to have a transfer of ownership if done privately. What d'y'all think?
     
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  2. mountainman13

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    You should check with your local laws. I am not from your state but am pretty sure you can't have a handgun until you are 21. Again check your local laws.
     

  3. RonPaul2012

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    Well, that's all the local laws say lol. They say it's legal to own a gun only if you're 18 and they say you can buy from a licensed handgun dealer at 21. They don't mention private handgun transactions at 18yrs of age.
     
  4. mountainman13

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    You cannot carry a handgun until you are 21.
     
  5. Steenkamp

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    My undersatanding is the same as mountainman13, most states you can not own a handgun if you are under 21. We have had our friends/family shoot handguns with us on our property that were under 21, but they were with the owner of the handgun. Definatly check local laws.. i will not sell a handgun to anyone under 21.
     
  6. orangello

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    You can in MS, at your house or in your car or your business (must be 18+).

    I would check with a local.
     
  7. mountainman13

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    Just to clarify I don't consider that carrying. I believe the law is the same in your state but you need to verify.
     
  8. orangello

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  9. Vikingdad

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    minors can legally possess a handgun, they just cannot purchase one or "own" one. If a parent buys a gun for their child that is legal.
     
  10. RonPaul2012

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    Well, as I assume y'all imagine, Arkansas is very lenient (although it should be more lenient) on guns. I'm 17 and went to the firing range with my .40 S&W the other day and all I had to do was sign a waiver (didn't even need my parents to sign).
     
  11. Vikingdad

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    Here in CA they don't ask age when we go to the range (I bring my 2 teenage sons all the time) and they don't make me sign any waivers specifically for them. They do have a policy that all minors (under 18) must have an adult within arm's reach at all times when handling a firearm, but they do not enforce the policy with us as long as they are not too busy because we have been going there for many years with perfect range safety practices. On busy days when there are lots of people new to the range we always comply with the policy so as to avoid any problems for the range personnel and ourselves (you know, the jerk who brings his kid to the range for the first time and doesn't know the first thing about range safety and would be the first one to point out that we aren't following policy but they have to). I imagine that they would probably not raise a stink if my oldest son were to go by himself.
     
  12. c3shooter

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    OK- PLEASE PAY ATTENTION. If you are an Arkansas LEO, attorney, or Dealer, please speak up. Everyone else, please settle down.

    There are two DIFFERENT criteria- Federal law and State law. Federal law relates to a sale of firearms AND ammunition by a licensed person (that means a dealer) and must be met in ALL states. That says you have to be 21.

    HOWEVER- state law is specific to THAT state. What applies in YOUR state does not apply in others. In many states, you must be 21 to purchase a handgun from anyone, or to possess one. That MAY not apply to Arkansas when addressing a transfer between private parties that do NOT have a FFL. There ARE states that permit private purchase at 18.

    As far as having to have a permit, etc etc ad infinitum- again, those requirements are state specific. What YOU need and what the poster needs are two different things IF you are not in Arkansas.

    To the Original Poster- I am NOT an attorney- am an engineer, gun collector, shooter. If I offer you legal advice, and my advice sux, you can tell the nice Deputy putting cuffs on you "Hey, some dude on the internet called C3 told me it was OK!". At that point, I'm sure he will take the cuffs off. :rolleyes:

    I would urge you to put this question to the Arkansas State Police for an accurate and current answer. I will tell you that Federal statutes will not let you buy ammo for a handgun until you are 21 (anywhere in the US) and that Arknsas DOES have restrictions on carrying a firearm- not just a concealed firearm.
     
  13. defender116

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    They make rifles that shoot handgun ammunition so in order to buy pistol ammo you must make a valid and provable point that you own such gun