There are only three ways to restore your gun rights in Arkansas after a felony conviction. Expunging your conviction under the First Offender Act, under the Arkansas Drug Court or Veterans Court, or a Pardon from the Governor.

If you were convicted of a misdemeanor that took away your gun rights, like Domestic Battery, Domestic Assault, or if you were convicted of any crime that was changed from Domestic Battery or Domestic Assault, then you will need to get an Arkansas misdemeanor expungement. If convicted of Domestic Battery, you have to wait five years to restore your rights. Everything else, you can apply for an expungement immediately after conviction. Don’t believe me? Well Here is the ATF’s official position on misdemeanor expungements.

All of these remedies shall restore your federal firearm rights.

Until you get your gun rights back, you can buy this sweet Fort Smith themed airsoft gun based on Miss Laura’s (a frontier brothel that is still in operation as a museum) from

This particular blog post is not particularly informative, but if you click on the links above it should answer your questions more fully regarding the specifics of pardons and expungements.

If you need help in Fort Smith, Van Buren, or Fayetteville, Arkansas in restoring your right to bear arms, give one of our attorneys a call or shoot us an email at (479) 782-1125 or

This is a complicated issue. This blog is not legal advice. We do not represent you.

I’ve written blogs on the two most common statutes used to expunge misdemeanors and felonies in Arkansas and they are:

The Arkansas Felony Comprehensive Criminal Record Sealing Act of 2013.

The Arkansas Misdemeanor Comprehensive Criminal Record Sealing Act of 2013.

The rest of the Arkansas expungement statutes are much rarer:

The First Offender Act (Act 346) of 1975 ACA 16-93-301.

Arkansas “Clean Slate” Provision of 1975 and 2011. (ACA 5-4-311, repealed and recodified under 16-93-314).

The Arkansas Youthful Offender Alternative Service Act.

The Arkansas Uniform Expungement Act of 1995 (repealed, don’t read this one).

The Arkansas Controlled Substances Act Discharge and Dismissal Statute (ACA 5-64-413) (Act 1994 of 2005).

Arkansas Drug Court Expungements

Arkansas Juvenile Expungements (ACA 9-27-309).

Arkansas Governor’s Pardons