Concealed Carry in Arkansas City Parks Clarification
Recently we had a city in Arkansas, Russellville, try to pass an ordinance that would prohibit the carrying of a concealed handguns in city-owned parks. I've also heard that in Bentonville parks that they are not allowed. Reading another post on another forum it was said that concealed carry was already prohibited by state law and the below facts were submitted. Can anyone clarify this? I assumed that if not posted one could carry a concealed handgun in Arkansas parks. If not, I will probably not be taking the kids to the parks anymore. It seems to be an almost impossible task here to know for sure if you in compliance or not when carrying a handgun.
5-73-122. Carrying a firearm in publicly owned buildings or facilities.
(a) (1) It is unlawful for any person other than a law enforcement officer or a security guard in the employ of the state or an agency of the state, or any city or county, or any state or federal military personnel, to knowingly carry or possess a loaded firearm or other deadly weapon in any publicly owned building or facility or on the State Capitol grounds.
(2) It is unlawful for any person other than a law enforcement officer or a security guard in the employ of the state or an agency of the state, or any city or county, or any state or federal military personnel, to knowingly carry or possess a firearm, whether loaded or unloaded, in the State Capitol Building or the Justice Building in Little Rock.
(3) However, the provisions of this subsection do not apply to a person carrying or possessing a firearm or other deadly weapon in a publicly owned building or facility or on the State Capitol grounds for the purpose of participating in a shooting match or target practice under the auspices of the agency responsible for the building or facility or grounds or if necessary to participate in a trade show, exhibit, or educational course conducted in the building or facility or on the grounds.
(4) As used in this section, "facility" means a municipally owned or maintained park, football field, baseball field, soccer field, or another similar municipally owned or maintained recreational structure or property.
(b) (1) Any person other than a law enforcement officer, officer of the court, or bailiff, acting in the line of duty, or any other person authorized by the court, who possesses a handgun in the courtroom of any court of this state is guilty of a Class D felony.
(2) Otherwise, any person violating a provision of this section is guilty of a Class A misdemeanor.
HISTORY: Acts 1977, No. 549, §§ 1, 2; A.S.A. 1947, §§ 41-3113, 41-3114; Acts 1991, No. 1044, § 1; 1995, No. 1223, § 1; 1997, No. 910, § 1.
This state law says you can't carry a handgun into a 'facility', and then defines a 'facility' as a municipally owned or maintained park, etc. The posters opinion was that this law says the state has prohibited the carry of firearms into city parks.
The only parks excluded are state parks and county parks.