The Senate on Wednesday passed a bill that seals the names and addresses of permit holders in the state. Now it awaits a vote in the House.
Sponsors of the bill said releasing the names and addresses of permit holders could be a security hazard for those who own guns.
It passed overwhelmingly in the Senate.
In 2009, lawmakers passed a bill that only released the names and zip codes for public information. House leaders hope the current bill moves swiftly while gun owners at the Arkansas Gun & Knife Show expressed support for it.
"If you get one the right way you should have one without people knowing you have one," Don Coulon of All Season's Pawn & Loan said.
"It identifies those who own valuable firearms and may actually make them a target for thieves," State Representative Andy Davis (R-31) said.
Republican Senator Bruce Holland of Greenwood, who sponsored the bill in the Senate, said he proposed the bill after a New York newspaper published the names and addresses of permit holders.