Quick Legal Facts
Concealment is not a factor. Unlawful intent is a factor.
Deadly weapons may not be carried in publicly-owned buildings and/or facilities.
Three inches or longer-blade length if having intent to use it unlawfully.
The Constitution of the State of Arkansas recognizes the concept of inherent and inalienable rights, including the right and freedom to bear arms.
All men are created equally free and independent, and have certain inherent and inalienable rights; amongst which are those of enjoying and defending life and liberty; of acquiring, possessing and protecting property, and reputation; and of pursuing their own happiness. To secure these rights governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. AR Canst.
Art. 2, § 2
The citizens of this State shall have the right to keep and bear arms, for their common defense.
AR Canst. Art. 2, § 5
The Arkansas state statutes that pertain to weapons may be found at Chapter 73 (Weapons) of Title 5 (Criminal Offenses).
There are no forbidden knives or edged arms under Arkansas law.
There are no prohibitions regarding the sale of knives or edged arms in Arkansas. There is a statute which prohibits the sale of a “deadly weapon” to a minor without the consent of the parent or guardian. § 5-73-109. Although “deadly weapon” is not defined for purposes of the weapon carry statute, “knife” means any bladed hand instrument three (3) inches or longer that is capable of inflicting serious physical injury or death by cutting or stabbing … § 5-73-120(a)(4).
Concealment is not a factor. Unlawful intent is a factor. It is an offense to carry or possess a knife on or about the person with a purpose to use it unlawfully against another person. While the law below seems clear that a person must be “about to use” a knife illegally, what constitutes “intended use” has been interpreted by Arkansas court cases to mean “could be used,” so caution is advised.
(a) A person commits the offense of carrying a weapon if he or she possesses a handgun, knife, or club on about his or her person, in a vehicle occupied by him or her, or otherwise readily available for use with a purpose to attempt to unlawfully employ the handgun, knife, or club as a weapon against a person.
(b) As used in this section:
(4) ‘Knife’ means any bladed hand instrument three inches (3″) or longer that is capable of inflicting serious physical injury or death by cutting or stabbing, including a dirk, a sword or spear in a cane, a razor, an ice pick, a throwing star, a switchblade, and a butterfly knife.
Three inches or longer-blade length provision contained in the carrying with intent statute.
Firearms, but not knives. § 14-54-1411
Deadly weapons may not be carried in publicly-owned buildings and/or facilities. § 5-73-122.