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  • Writer's pictureDennis McCaslin

Arkansas, Oklahoma laws clear on the subject of concealed and open carry of handguns

The right of American citizens to keep and bear arms is guaranteed by the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

While there are several federal gun laws, the legal details surrounding gun ownership in the U.S. are largely left to state governments - and across the 50 states, approaches to gun control vary widely.

While laws governing both open and concealed carry varies across the country, both Arkansas and Oklahoma have laws in place to protect an Indvidual's rightds as defined by the Consttution.

Debates over gun regulation at the federal level have largely centered around assault-style rifles in recent years. But the largest and most impactful changes in gun control policy have happened at the state level, particularly in laws regarding the right to carry firearms in public places.

(Here is a look at the states that have banned assault rifles.) Open carry of firearms is generally defined as wielding a firearm that is either partially or fully visible.

In Arkansas and Oklahoma, open carry of both long guns and handguns is allowed.

Concealed carry of firearms, meanwhile, is generally defined as having a gun on one's person while in public that is not visible. Concealed carry firearms can be carried in backpacks, purses, or in a holster under a garment.

Under Arkansas and Oklahoma state law, permit-less concealed carry is legal. It is important to note that gun laws are nuanced and can vary at the local level and depending on one's primary state of residence. Review all state and local firearm regulations before carrying a gun in public.

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