Subscribe Register Login
Monday, May 21, 2018, 7:14 p.m.

ADVERTISEMENT

Top Picks - Capture Arkansas

State Game and Fish Commission says open carry of handguns OK on its properties, wildlife management areas

By Polly Irungu

This article was published January 19, 2018 at 4:33 p.m.


The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission announced a regulation change Thursday that will allow for the open carry of handguns in any wildlife management area or commission-controlled property or lake.

According to a news release from the group, the previous rule only allowed individuals with valid concealed carry permits to have handguns in those areas, unless there was a hunting season in which the weapon was legal.

“This clarification was the result of enforcement and wildlife management staff listening to concerned citizens and working to benefit all parties,” said Col. Greg Rae, chief of the commission's enforcement division.

The change means that having a handgun on property owned or controlled by Game and Fish is allowed as long as it is for personal protection and isn't being used for hunting, unless it's allowed for a current season.

In a letter sent to the Arkansas State Police and prosecutors last month, Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson said he believes that a much-debated 2013 state law allows for the open carry of handguns.

ADVERTISEMENT

Comments on: State Game and Fish Commission says open carry of handguns OK on its properties, wildlife management areas

To report abuse or misuse of this area please hit the "Suggest Removal" link in the comment to alert our online managers. Read our Terms of Use policy.

Subscribe Register Login

You must login to make comments.

ADVERTISEMENT

SHOPPING

loading...

ADVERTISEMENT

Top Picks - Capture Arkansas
Arkansas Online