Permits and licenses -- Number and location -- Background check required.
The Arkansas Tobacco Control Board may determine in its reasonable discretion and in accordance with this subchapter:
(1) The number of licenses to be granted in the state;
(A) The locations thereof.
(B) However, a retail, wholesale, or manufacturer license or permit shall not be issued to a residential address or for an address not zoned appropriately for the business seeking to secure the permit; and
(A) The persons to whom they are to be granted.
(B) However, a license or permit shall not be issued to:
(i) A person who has pleaded guilty or nolo contendere to or been found guilty of a felony; or
(ii) A business owned or operated, in whole or in part, by a person who has pleaded guilty or nolo contendere to or been found guilty of a felony.
(C) Arkansas Tobacco Control shall conduct a criminal justice background check on each permit applicant and application, utilizing its Arkansas Crime Information Center access as a law enforcement agency, in accordance with §§ 12-12-1008 -- 12-12-1011.