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Link:  A.C.A. § 12-15-202

12-15-202.  Eligibility to carry concealed handgun.

  (a) Any certified law enforcement officer may carry a concealed handgun if that officer is:

   (1) Presently in the employ of a public law enforcement department, office, or agency;

   (2) Authorized by the public law enforcement department, office, or agency to carry a firearm in the course and scope of his or her duties;

   (3) Not subject to any disciplinary action by the public law enforcement department, office, or agency;

   (4) Carrying a badge and appropriate written identification issued by the public law enforcement department, office, or agency identifying him or her as a certified law enforcement officer; and

   (5) Not otherwise prohibited under federal law.

(b)  (1) A concealed handgun may be carried by any retired law enforcement officer who:

      (A) Retired from service with a public law enforcement department, office, or agency for reasons other than mental disability;

      (B) Immediately before retirement was a certified law enforcement officer authorized by a public law enforcement department, office, or agency to carry a firearm in the course and scope of his or her duties;

      (C) Is carrying appropriate written identification issued by a public law enforcement department, office, or agency identifying him or her as a retired and former certified law enforcement officer;

      (D) Is not otherwise prohibited under federal law;

      (E) Has fingerprint impressions on file with the Department of Arkansas State Police together with written authorization for state and national level criminal history record screening; and

      (F) During the most recent twelve-month period has met, at the expense of the retired law enforcement officer, the standards of this state for training and qualification for active law enforcement officers to carry firearms.

   (2)  (A) The chief law enforcement officer of the city or county shall keep a record of all retired law enforcement officers authorized to carry a concealed handgun in his or her jurisdiction and shall revoke any authorization for good cause shown.

      (B) The Director of the Department of Arkansas State Police shall keep a record of all retired department officers authorized to carry a concealed handgun in the state and shall revoke any authorization for good cause shown.

(c)  (1)  (A) A firearms instructor certified by the Arkansas Commission on Law Enforcement Standards and Training who is employed by any law enforcement agency in this state may certify or recertify that a retired law enforcement officer has met the training and qualification requirements for certification set by the commission for active law enforcement officers to carry firearms.

      (B) A retired law enforcement officer shall pay the expenses for meeting the training and qualification requirements described in subdivision (c)(1)(A) of this section.

   (2) A firearms instructor who certifies or recertifies that a retired law enforcement officer has met the training and qualification requirements for certification set by the commission for active law enforcement officers to carry firearms under subdivision (c)(1)(A) of this section shall complete and submit any required paperwork to the commission.

(d) Any certified law enforcement officer or retired law enforcement officer carrying a concealed handgun under this section is not subject to the prohibitions and limitations of § 5-73-306.

(e)  (1) Any presently employed certified law enforcement officer authorized by another state to carry a concealed handgun shall be entitled to the same privilege while in this state, but subject to the same restrictions of this section, provided that the state which has authorized the officer to carry a concealed handgun extends the same privilege to presently employed Arkansas-certified law enforcement officers.

   (2) The director shall make a determination as to which states extend the privilege to carry a concealed handgun to presently employed Arkansas-certified law enforcement officers and shall then determine which states' officers' authority to carry concealed handguns will be recognized in Arkansas.

HISTORY: Acts 1995, No. 1332, § 1; 1997, No. 92, § 1; 1997, No. 302, § 1; 2001, No. 251, § 1; 2001, No. 585, § 1; 2003, No. 348, § 1; 2007, No. 134, § 1; 2007, No. 675, § 2.



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