Arizona Gun Laws

arizona state seal

Arizona gun laws operate at the state level and are very permissive. They allow any person who is at least 18 years old to open carry, and 21 years old or over to conceal carry a firearm without a permit. Arizona was the second state after Alaska to enact "Constitutional Carry" laws. They still maintain a “Shall Issue” policy for reciprocity reasons. Permits are issued to residents and non-residents with one of the requirements being that a firearms safety course must be passed.

Arizona CCW Quick Facts

Carry In Vehicle YES
Must Notify Officer NO
Carry In State Parks Allowed YES
No Weapons Signs Enforced YES
Open Carry Permitted YES
Constitutional Carry YES
total active ccw
permits in arizona

Gun Laws

State rating
states that honor
an arizona permit
state permits
arizona honors
states not
honoring permit

Arizona CCW Dashboard

total active ccw
permits in arizona

Gun Laws

State Rating
age required

Cost of
a ccw permit

years permit
is valid
with permit

Arizona CCW Reciprocity


  • Permit Honored
  • Permit not honored
  • Residential permits only
  • Issuing state

How Reciprocity Works in Arizona

Arizona will honor all other states concealed carry permits. There is one exception with the Idaho permit as stated in the notes below. A person must be at least 21 years old to carry a concealed firearm in Arizona.

Arizona Reciprocity Agreements

Arizona currently has signed reciprocity agreements with eight other states. These states are; Alaska, Arkansas, Idaho, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Texas, West Virginia. A full list of reciprocity agreements can be viewed on the state website.

Arizona Reciprocity State's


Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming

Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Delaware, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming

States & Districts

Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, , Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virgin Islands, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming

Districts & Territories
District of Columbia, New York City, Guam, Puerto Rico

California, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Washington


  • Idaho - Arizona will only honor the Idaho Enhanced Permit. They will not honor the Idaho Standard Permit.
  • Oklahoma - Residents of Arizona can carry a concealed firearm without any permit while visiting Oklahoma. The only requirement is that you carry state issued ID from Arizona.

ARS 13.3112 - Reciprocity Laws

Arizona Concealed Carry Permit

Arizona Gun Policy

Unrestricted, Shall Issue

Permit Issued To

Residents, Non-Residents


  • Must be 21 years old or more
  • You are a resident of Arizona or a US citizen
  • You are not unlawfully present in the United States
  • You have completed an approved firearms training class
  • You have no pending charges
  • You have not been convicted of a felony
  • You have not been diagnosed as mentally ill
  • Federal Law Requirements

ARS 13.3101(7) -State prohibitors

age required
cost of
CCW permit
Years Permit
is valid
arizona concealed carry permit
Arizona concealed weapons permit

Arizona: Places Off-Limits for CCW

arizona state flag
Arizona state flag

Places Off-Limits in Arizona

  • Liquor retailer who has posted a sign prohibiting weapons
  • The grounds of any school
  • Polling places on election day
  • Correctional facilities
  • Nuclear or hydroelectric generating stations.
  • Any establishment or event open to the public where the operator makes a reasonable request for you to give them custody or remove the weapon from the premises. A sign would qualify for such request. By law, cities and counties are required to offer on-site storage if they ban weapons but not all are in compliance
  • Any place where the carrying of firearms is prohibited by Federal Law.

Places Allowed in Arizona

  • State parks
  • State and national forests
  • Road side rest areas
  • Vehicle
  • You can take a firearm onto school property if you follow the procedure below;
    You are an adult in a vehicle and the firearm is unloaded before entering school grounds. Furthermore, if you must exit your vehicle, the firearm must remain unloaded and be secured (locked) within the vehicle, out of plain view.
  • All areas of the state - except those listed as Off-Limits.

Pointers: Arizona Concealed Carry

Open Carry in Arizona

open carrying gun in arizona
Open carry in Arizona
As long as you meet all the requirements to possess a firearm open carry is legal in Arizona. A person must be at least 18 years old to open carry but there are some exemptions as listed below. Furthermore, any person under the age of 21 may only openly carry a loaded or unloaded firearm in a vehicle if the firearm is in plain view of a person standing outside the vehicle.

Arizona gun Sales, Preemption...

Private Sales
There is no requirement for background checks on private gun sales in Arizona. This includes handguns and long guns with  the only requirement being that the purchaser is at least 18 years old under state law.

Dealer Sales
A person needs to be 21 years or over to purchase a handgun from a federally licensed dealer under federal law.

History Of Arizona Gun Laws

flintlock blunderbus pistol
Flintlock blunderbus pistol

Learn Arizona's Gun History


Arizona constitution is enacted giving citizens the right to bear arms.


In 1994 Arizona enacted a law allowing weapons to be conceal carried by persons with a permit.


In 2009 a law was passed that allows concealed weapons to be carried in places that serve alcohol.


Governor Jan Brewer signs the Firearm Freedom Act in Spring 2010. This law allows some types of ammunition and firearms that are produced in Arizona to be sold without federal regulations.


In April, 2010 Arizona becomes a constitutional carry state. Handguns can now be carried without a permit.

Arizona Concealed Carry Laws

arizona state capitol building
Arizona state capitol building

Arizona Gun Laws To Know

YES - Without a permit
YES - Without a Permit/License If you are 21 or older and legally allowed to own a firearm you can carry a fully loaded and concealed handgun in a vehicle. If you are under the age of 21 the handgun must be in plain view to a person outside looking into the vehicle.
YES/NO - Without a permit
You are legally entitled to open carry in Arizona with the minimum age being 18. Only persons that have a permit/license can carry in a place that serves alcohol for consumption on the premises.
NO - Must Inform Officer
Nothing in Arizona gun laws state that you must inform Law Enforcement you have a firearm if stopped by them. The law does say that if an officer asks you if you have a firearm then you must give him an answer. The Law ARS 13.3102 - Misconduct with Weapons ARS 13.3112 - Carrying Permit
Arizona is a permit-less carry or Constitutional Carry state. No permit is required to carry a concealed firearm if a person is 21 years of age or over. To open carry a person must be at least 18 years old. Arizona still maintains a "Shall Issue" policy for reciprocity purposes.
It is legal to carry in the following areas; State Parks:    YES   State/National Forests: YES      State Wildlife Management Areas:  YES Road Side Rest Areas:  YES The Law ARS 17.305 - Wildlife Management Areas


Only if you have a CCW permit, the permit can be from Arizona or any other state. Without a permit, it is illegal to conceal or open carry in any place that serves alcohol.

The Law
ARS 4.244 - Unlawful Acts

Arizona gun laws give “No Weapons” signs the force of law. There are legal penalties for entering a private property or business that has posted these signs. GunsToCarry recommends that you do not enter a property displaying a “No Weapons" sign whether the law is for or against signage. If asked to leave a property and you refuse to do so then you are breaking the law and put yourself at risk of being charged. The Law 4.229 - Posting Notices

“The right of the individual citizen to bear arms in defense of himself or the state shall not be impaired, but nothing in this section shall be construed as authorizing individuals or corporations to organize, maintain, or employ an armed body of men.”
Art. 2 § 26

no weapons sign in arizona

Off-Limits Statutes

Other CCW Statutes

Arizona CCW FAQ's

frequently asked questions on arizona gun laws

Arizona CCW Contacts

Department of Public Safety

Concealed Weapon Permit Unit


Monday – Friday 8am – 5pm

Saturday Closed

Sunday Closed


Address 2222 W. Encanto Blvd.

CityPhoenix, AZ 85009

Phone (602) 256-6280

Updates & Data Sources


  1. If I’ve had a ccw but it’s been expired for a few years can I still renew my permit or will I need to start new?

  2. Hello.

    I am currently a New York resident, but in a few months will be leaving to take a travel position in AZ. If I am residing in AZ, but my driver license and state of residence is in NY, will I be able to purchase a firearm in AZ?

    1. as an AZ resident, i believe that the answer is no. you need to be a resident of this state with an arizona I.D. at the very least

  3. I’m planning to move from Puerto Rico, US territory, to the Great State of Arizona. I do have CCW permit in Puerto Rico, will like to know if there is reciprocity or do I have to request Arizona permit.

    1. I concur with what Andy Rafanan wrote.

      I do do wonder however, after reading the above statutes, if the CCW permit from PR should be enough to show firearm competence (see ARS 13.3112 – Training) above. Please note that I am not suggesting reciprocity with PR, just wondering about the training dimension.

      Does anyone know this for certain?

  4. Said AZ is a constitutional carry state. Said Az doesn’t authorize maintaining or employing any group of armed men. The state can’t be held accountable for anything that would become of such a thing. Why was this found neccesary to say? Is this one of those things that will mean you can’t be in a group or private malitia in 50 years? Sounds like bullshit

    1. Why do you think private militias are necessary would be my question? We have a paramilitary police force and the armed services. I would think they have sufficiently covered the “group of armed men/women” category.

  5. I have a DV on my record in the state of Colorado from 2004. Would this prevent me from legally possessing and carrying a gun in Arizona.

    1. James,
      On the actual application it states: Have you ever been convicted of misdemeanor domestic violence ? If YES, the conviction must be set-aside, vacated, expunged or pardoned in order to be considered for a permit. Please provide court documentation.

    2. it says you legally cannot own a firearm of you have felony on your record. Though I don’t know if they allow for misdemeanor.

      1. The language is pretty clear – if you have a misdemeanor DV conviction that has NOT been set-aside, vacated, expunged or pardoned, then you will not be considered for issuance of a CCW.

  6. My father lives in California and is sadly on his death bed with pancreatic cancer. I live in Arizona. Is it okay if he passes on his guns to me and I bring them back to Arizona? Do i need to do anything in California or Arizona to gain possession of them?

    1. No bring them to Arizona just make sure they are in compliance with California laws and you follow transport laws

  7. hello here and looking at buying a gun. I went in today and was told I could not buy because I was from New Jersey and live there.
    but I can find anything only that stops me from buying one. am I missing something?

    1. You have to be a resident of the state you are buying in, otherwise you can purchase a handgun in another state, but it has to go thru a dealer and be sent to an FFL holder in your home state. Being you’re from NJ most likely the weapon was prohibited in your state therefore they couldn’t do the sale. Solution: Move the “F” out of the communist offending state and enjoy newfound freedom

      1. NJ is not communist, nor offending anyone. The voters of NJ get to pass the laws in their state that they want. That doesn’t make them your enemy, and if it does, you have a problem.

    2. That’s correct. If you are a resident of NJ, you cannot purchase a fireman in AZ. If you bring a firearm back to NJ, and are arrested, you have committed a felony in the 4 the degree. Even hollow point ammunition is illegal in NJ, and is a felony to purchase or have, with our without a firearm. This is why I am not living in NJ.

  8. Just an observation on this website – I have noticed that the statistics provided herein have not been updated since 2017. It is now the 4th quarter of 2020. To further along this line of thinking, some of the rules may not be up-to -date as well. As a reader, I would be concerned about the reliability of the information being presented.

    I see that at the bottom of the website that the copyright tag is “@2020” but some elements within the website are not be addressed as frequently.

  9. What does the law state about lending firearms to another person in the state of AZ without the original owner present.

    1. I will be moving the great state of Arizona, can I received a conceal weapon permit now before I am actually a resident. I do own a hand gun now I am a resident of California, I’m 67 years old and we are retired from the southern California Edison company of 35 years with the company! Thanks for your response! Mr. John Torrez!🇺🇸🇺🇸😎

      1. Hi John, yes, you can get an Arizona CCW without living here. Several companies in CA offer the AZ CCW class and fingerprinting. Good luck and welcome to our great state.

      2. That’s correct. If you are a resident of NJ, you cannot purchase a fireman in AZ. If you bring a firearm back to NJ, and are arrested, you have committed a felony in the 4 the degree. Even hollow point ammunition is illegal in NJ, and is a felony to purchase or have, with our without a firearm. This is why I am not living in NJ.

      3. John, all you have to do is download the form from Arizona’s CCW website. You fill it out, get fingerprinted ( I just did my own fingerprints. Bought the ink pad. It’s cheaper.) Include your CA CCW training certificate & enclose a money order or cashier’s check. If you have a California CCW it wouldn’t hurt to photocopy and send that along with it. My initial Arizona CCW took about 2 weeks my renewal has been sitting at 2 months now. They are good for 5 years.

  10. Im a az resdident whats it mean when they put a 3 day hold on my guns i purchuse

    1. Jerry, the three day hold is an arbitrary number. What the FFL dealer is doing when they hold your newly purchased firearms is allowing the FBI time to complete your background check. Sometimes these checks/holds can be as short as a few minutes (typical). Other times they can be several days (as was usually the case with me before I received my CCW.

  11. The signage law applies to businesses that serve alcohol as their primary business.

    1. A long time ago I got into trouble when I lived in California. I caught a felon charge, can I get a license to carry a gun in my new beautiful state of Arizona?

  12. I have a question is it true that you cannot cover any portion of your face while carrying or concealing a firearm

    1. This was recently brought to my attention I spoke to several agencies all of whom replied that only becomes an issue if you are in the commission of a crime not when you are mandated to wear a face covering.

    2. During the virus no its 100% lawful but I’d there is no virus it is suspicious activity and could be unlawful

    3. I don’t have the answer to your question. I do however think your question needs an answer, specially nowadays when we are all required to wear protective face coverings when out in public.
      “Individuals can not carry a firearm if they have their face covered”
      So let’s say it is the Law. During a Pandemic, unforeseen situations arise. When it comes to gun Laws do these have the ability to temporarily change to conform to such unforeseen situations?
      Or are these laws set-in-stone that when these were enacted nobody thought to look into issues that could affect the way certain laws were written?
      This is Definitely Something to Think About.
      Plus……There are different Gun Rules/Regulations & Laws depending on which State your in.

  13. With the new mask mandates, us it a felony to wear a mask while carrying a concealed weapon. I believe I saw something last year about this

  14. I have heard that it is a class 4 felony to wear a mask while carrying a concealed weapon. Where can I find if this is true?

  15. During this pandemic, our mayor has decided to say that we are required to wear mask. Are we still allowed to carry, open or concealed? I have my ccw.

  16. If I am a military member, do I still have to do a training course? Or does my experience as active duty army count?

    1. No your military service counts as sufficient training. You just need to pay for the application fee. You do not need to take a CCW course.

  17. I’m from California and have a felony drug charge from las vegas would I be able to purchase a firearm still?

  18. Going to basic, then AIT in AZ. During my time in AZ, would I be able to purchase a firearm from a dealer? I currently only possess an IL ID and an IL FOID card.

  19. If you’re 18-20, your weapon doesn’t have to be in “plain view,” it just can’t be in the immediate control of the driver. So holster, glove box, console, etc.

  20. I am a ca resident with a 20+ yr old non violent felony on my record. I am not looking for a ccw license, but only to purchase a gun for home defense. Am i allowed to purchase a gun in Az and take it back to my state?

  21. I’m not a resident of Arizona but carry a CCP from Washington State where I am a resident.
    Can I purchase a firearm from a dealer in Arizona?

  22. If I’m from another state am I allowed to open carry there? I’m a concealed carry permit holder just not in that state

  23. Having a firearm sent to an Arizona FFL dealer. We left Florida April 2019 for an extended vacation. We had been thinking about travelling with a group to Mexico. To avoid any difficulties, we placed our firearms in the custody of my son in Alabama. We will no longer heading to Mexico.

    May I have them sent to an Arizona FFL dealer? I hold a Florida Concealed Weapons license and valid Florida driver license with “Star”.
    Thank you.
    David J Kane

  24. Florida resident, US citizen, with Florida Concealed Weapons license and current valid driver license, now living in Arizona. May I purchase a handgun from a deale

  25. So I’m a new resident of Arizona and I want to purchase a handgun for protection for my home and I’m needing to know what are the stipulations do you have to I know you have to fill out a permit to get an application to apply for a gun but I’ve also heard that you can go to a gun show and by purchase a gun right there without a permit so I’m a little confused and then secondly do you have to go to some kind of training to learn how to shoot the gun because my step dad taught us how

  26. Good morning I’m interested in finding out since I’m new to Arizona I’d like to purchase a gun for my home for protection but I don’t know what I need to go through two arm is there like a waiting period is there a cost and then also once I obtain a gun is there training to learn how to shoot one

  27. Is it legal to carry concealed or open into a place of worship in the state of AZ

  28. If I’m out of state military can I buy a handgun in Arizona and take it back to my state I’m stationed in?

  29. If stopped by a police and asked if yo uh have a firearm in car can you say no even tho you have one? I have a Cww I took the class I remember not to mention it if the police dont ask..
    One last qestion, how many firearms can you own? I bought 2 firearms last week one 5 days ago and another 2 days ago, I asked the man working at the gun store he said I can buy as many I want but when purchasing days apart and more then 2 the FBI can be suspicious and go check my home is that true?

  30. I’m a new AZ resident. Does anyone know if a temporary AZ driver’s license will be acceptable for purchasing a firearm or do I need to wait for the real photo id to arrive? Thx

  31. I’m traveling from California to Arizona to visit family can I carry a fire arm in the vehicle to Arizona

  32. I have a non-resident ccw from Arizona and live in California can I purchase a firearm in Arizona?

  33. Hello I am a 50 year old american from California moving to the fine state of ARIZONA. I have yet to acquire a state I.D seeing as how i do not drive.
    Can anybody please tell me what do i need to be able to walk into a Gun store and leave with a gun???????

    1. all you need is your State I.D, ( i carry my SS# with me all the time)but know your SS# pay your Transfer fee of what ever dollar amount the gun shop requires you do pay. plus your payment of the firearm.
      along with the Background may take 10-15mins depending on if you have something on your record.
      if your record is stupid clean take like 5-10mins tops

    2. You’re going to need to obtain an Arizona ID. Then you can go to the gun store and they can have you in and out of there ASAP. As long as you don’t go looking at the whole inventory haha

  34. I am a Canadian and just purchased a house in AZ. What do I have to do to be able to ccw. And purchase new firearms. ??

    1. Brent Arizona Doesn’t require you to have a permit for owning & doing ccw… but you may buy the permits & register the firearms but not required… as for the firearm im not sure how that works really.. since your from Canada. i would call a guns shop ask that question

    2. you have to be a resident of the US if you want to purchase a gun here. Or be a US citizen.

  35. I live in AZ. Have a current address, why do I need a CCW permit to carry? What are the ramifications of not having a CCW permit?

    1. Just cuz you live in a state does not mean you are cleared for concealed carry. If you do not have CCW and carry concealed, you will most likely be charged with unlawful possession of a gun.

    2. In Arizona, anyone who is not prohibited from owning a firearm and is at least 21 years old can carry a concealed weapon without a permit as of July 29, 2010.[8]

    3. @jaime

      That’s not true. You do not need to be a US citizen in order to purchase a gun. I believe Obama is responsible for passing a law changing that in 2011.

      From the ATF website:

      “An alien legally in the U.S. is not prohibited from purchasing firearms unless the alien is admitted into the U.S. under a nonimmigrant visa and does not meet one of the exceptions as provided in 18 U.S.C. 922(y)(2), such as possession of a valid hunting license or permit.”

      States have different laws concerning this issue. For example, most require legal aliens interested in buying a firearm to have lived in the state for 90 days. Be sure to check your states laws, as some of them outright ban it.

  36. Can a non-resident conceal carry in Arizona if your are legally able to carry? Like a neighboring state i.e. New Mexican

  37. Arizona does not allow law enforcement too maintain records of CCW status by auto licence plate or personal ID, is that correct. An officer should not be able to draw up such info on traffic stop. I have heard of stops in other states that the officers seem to know that info.

    1. Yes they know ccw is attached to your drivers license number. When you are stopped they will already know you have a ccw

  38. Hello…I am a full time resident in AZ and noticed that no directive was given about going into a bank for business while having a loaded concealed firearm. Is this permissible?
    Thank you

    1. It is NOT illegal to carry a gun into a bank if the bank does not forbid it in Arizona.

  39. At Harkins they have a small sign that has a knife and gun with a line thru it. It’s not a regulation sign nor does it quote ARS 4-229. Am I authorized to carry?

    1. It’s always best to err on the side of caution. A sign w. Knife & Gun crossed-out = No Weapons (of Any Kind) Allowed

  40. Question? I just moved to Arizona from Florida and my understanding is that you don’t need a permit to conceal a firearm in Arizona if you are 21 years and over, why would anyone want a concealment licence if it’s not required?

    1. People get them for reciprocity for other states. They allow you to carry in a few other locations that are restricted without a CC permit as well. I’ve also been told that there are less questions if you have a permit when a shooting occurs. That’s my understanding.

    2. You would want to get a concealed carry license because many other states recognize a valid AZ license letting you carry in their state too.

    3. It cuts the time to buy your wapon makes it easier you can carry in bars if you are a vet no class required if you have a honerable discharge dd214

  41. Question? I just moved to Arizona from Florida and it shows you don’t need a permit to conceal a firearm in Arizona if you are 21 years of age, why would anyone want to get a concealment licence if it’s not required?

  42. Can a Canadian citizen, non immigrant alien, legally carry in Arizona? Provided im legally in the country and have legally imported a handgun via a ATF form 6 NIA. As well as possessing a valid AZ non resident hunting permit, as well as a New Hampshire CCW license which has reciprocity. Ive heard a number of Canadians legally carry in the state, just wanted to be sure.

    1. I would be contact the local State Police before making any assumptions that give Canadians any authority to carry openly or concealed.


  43. Is there any way to restore a felons rights if it has been over 7yrs

    1. You can have your civil rights restored if it has been 7 years from the date of the conviction + any time incarcerated. To clarify, if you were convicted in the year 2000 and received a 5 year sentence, you can not apply to have your rights restored until 2012. The exceptions are if you were convicted of a violent crime or a sex crime – those two classes of crimes can not have their right to bear arms restored.

      1. You can have your gun rights restored even from violent crimes, you have to wait 10 years from prison or parole release. Other felony crimes its only 2 years after release. Cannot have anything bad happen, not even a “criminal traffic violation” like speed 30+ over limit between release and court rights petition time.

        1. if the felony was 1987 non violent in california and i am an arizona resident can i petition the arizona courts for restoral of rights? my record has remained clean since plus no priors from 1987 no jail prison time

  44. I am moving back to Arizona soon. I have both my DD214 showing 6 years active with an honorable discharge and my since expired CCW permit from Oregon that required both classroom and display of handgun efficiency. Do I send COPIES of my DD214 and CCW permit or take them personally to a sheriff’s office in Tucson where I wii be living (Green Valley)?

  45. What are the laws for a citizen who lives with a felon am I allowed to have a handgun? Do I need to keep it in a gun safe?are there any laws specifically on this?

    1. In state of Arizona, if an individual has a felony, they are not allowed to legally posses a gun.

    2. To expand on Max’s comment… it’s not your responsibility, but your felon roomie would be in violation of perplexed if your gun is openly available to his access. The law only states he/she may not possess

    3. in Arizona your ALLOWED to own your firearm but the individual that has a felon isnt ALLOWED around you. if police found you with the felon you would be given a fine & felon may be sent back to prison.. not to mention more or less their are on Parole. but pretty much the answer is Yes/no.
      felon is gonna be responsible for your actions in a way.

    4. Law does not apply to you, law applies to your felony buddy. You can have all the guns you want, the felon cannot have them.

  46. What are the rules and regs regarding (responsibly) target/skeet shooting on your own private ranch land (40 or more acres) in Yavapai or Mohave counties? Any help would be appreciated. Thanks:)

    1. Good as long as you’re outside city limits and at least .25 mi. from any home (except your own, and unless you have permission from neighbors within .25 mi.)

  47. I’m thinking of leaving Taxafornia and moving to Arizona, How long is the waiting period to become a citizen of Arizona?

    1. Come, rent or buy, get an AZ driver license. Residency is immediate as far as I know. But local voting rights he is right are 180 days.

  48. We just had an active shooter class. I live in Az, my question is? If my place of employment doesn’t allow firearms, can I leave my firearm in my vehicle in Company property? I’ve heard both yes and no, Help,

  49. If my significant other has a medical marijuana license is it still legal for me to purchase and own a firearm to keep in my household?

    1. Its a federal issue, pot is still illegal under federal rules, which is asked on the 4473 NICS form, the one with a card cannot legally buy from an FFL.

  50. My 18 year old son is moving to arizona from california, i want to give him a handgun and ar15 that is in my name here in california , what do i need to do in order for him to be able to take these with him to arizona , thanks in advance

    1. What a cool Mom you are! LOL…..
      Anyway, yes he can legally have both the pistol and rifle in Arizona, no issues at all.
      I would recommend typing up a letter stating that you “gifted” him both the weapons on this date. Get it notarized,and keep a copy for your records, in case Communist California comes looking for those weapons at some point.
      He will not need to “register” the weapons in Arizona!!!!
      Also, he can carry the pistol “open carry” in Arizona, although he may have issues getting ammunition for the pistol because of his age. Get him some ammo!!
      And most importantly when he’s transporting the weapons from there to Arizona, be sure to have them in locked cases, preferably in the trunk, or where he cant get to them readily, just in case he gets pulled over in Cali!

      1. All great suggestions Seniortac… but calling these gifts “weapons” is an assumption; wouldn’t you rather identify them by using the term “firearms”?? calling them weapons kinda plays into the Cali mentality!!??

        1. They are both firearms and weapons, there is no denying that. Personally, I don’t get the whole us vs them mentality.

  51. Can I order a black powder handgun online without having to send it to an FFL?

    1. No regulations or limitations in Arizona unless it’s to carry in regulated establishments or properties

  52. I live near a school, I like to walk and get breakfast, I have no intention of going on school property, can I still carry concealed THANK YOU, JOE BROCK

    1. As long as you are not on school property it is not an issue! Be sure you know the boundary lines for the school though!

  53. If AZ is a Constitutional Carry State, why would you need a permit to carry concealed?

    1. FFL does not have to call in to NICS for a background check if you have a CCW, still fill out the 4473 though.

  54. I work at a bar in AZ. A customer is a former police officer who comes in and drinks… plenty. He says “he’s always packing”. I have seen this to be true. Is it legal?

    1. if he is armed and consumming alcohol its illegal regardless if he is or was an officer and regardless if he have a ccw or not.

      1. Don’t be surprised if there is an incident that they turn their heads the other way if he were caught but not part of the issue.

  55. I am a Minnesota resident. I own a home in Arizona. I have permits from Minnesota and Utah. Can I buy a gun at a gun shop in Arizona?

    1. Get an Arizona ID card you can get one w/o surrendering your other states drivers license unlike many states that require you to surrender your out of state DL to get an ID card

      1. You do not need to be in Arizona resident or show Arizona residency to purchase a weapon in Arizona

        1. If your from out of state you cannot buy a handgun in arizona from à gun shop, but you can purchase a rifle or shotgun.

  56. do you need to be an Arizona resident to utilize the constitutional carry? ex. Travel from New Mexico without a CCW and conceal carry while in Arizona with no Arizona CCW either.

  57. Is it legal, to carry with one in the chamber? I heard from my wife that a friend got fined in ankther state for having around chambered. But saw nothing the addressed this above.

    1. AZ requires you to carry a round in the chamber !!! lol just kidding but heck yes loaded means loaded

    2. Yes it is legal to carry concealed. Any state that issues ccw and does not allow you to carry with a round in the chamber is not issuing a true ccw. They also open themselves to a law suit if someone was wounded or killed because they were wounded or killed trying to load a round in the chamber. I believe you are referring to laws for people who do not have a ccw or carry in their car.

  58. Do you have to have a current state I.D. to purchase a handgun or can you use a passport card….?

    1. Any picture ID from a government with your current physical address is valid.

  59. I understand it’s ok in Arizona to carry a loaded or unloaded pistol. Can I also Carry an assault rifle (loaded or unloaded) if so please provide an Arizona statute stating so, thanks

    1. Yes, you can….but more importantly, why would you want to? Also be prepare to be stop by the police because many people will be calling in and reporting a “man with a “assault rifle” walking down the street!” I completely understand that you may want to do it, but again why is the real question! Best of luck!

      1. I would do that if I couldn’t get a handgun when I’m 18

  60. I currently live in California, but was just offered a remote job. Since I can go anywhere, I’d like to move to Arizona where the cost of living is better and I can finally get a couple non-roster handguns. I’ll probably move into an apartment and get a AZ driver’s license immediately. How would I go about proving to gun sellers that I am an AZ resident? Thanks!

      1. Only if you buy from a federally licensed dealer. If you go anywhere else you have no waiting period at all

    1. It is actually illegal for them to perform a background check to purchase a handgun or rifle

  61. I going to make transfer between ffl to another for my rifles,is my ccw permit valid in other state like alabama,mississippi,lousiana,texas,n.mexico,arizona ?

  62. I planning to move to las vegas from miami what should I do?I have a rifle and two shoot gun and my 9mm.

    1. I lived in Las Vegas until recently. Nevada does not require you register handguns. Long guns are same. You may carry handgun in your car except for N. Las Vegas. Long guns in your car must be separate from ammo, and unloaded. Concealed Carry by permit only. I now live in Arizona. Hope this helps.

  63. If I work in a City owned secure facility (public transportation), can I be prohibited from having a firearm in my car in the parking lot outside of the facility or from bringing it into the facility?

    1. No, they also cannot prohibit you from conceal carrying if you hold a valid CCW permit.

  64. Hello, I am a New York resident with a CCW Permit and have had it for 45years but never took a course for handling handguns (was not required), just hunting rifles when i was of age. To obtain an Arizona non resident permit, would the safety course requirement be needed for documentation (specifically for handguns)? Thanks

  65. Hi, I’m looking for whats written about legally how to carry and NOT carry a weapon, meaning holster types. Thanks in advance, Mike

    1. In TENNESSEE, I was told by my Instructor.. the STATE prefers we carry CONCEALED as to prevent possible “CROOKS” attempting to GRAB AT out weapon. I PREFER a nice KYDEX STINGRAY conceal carry holster. I don’t feel any need to SHOW what I have, how many let alone where all upon my person. Hope this helps some.

  66. I had a ‘ve permit in my for 21 years. I voluntarily surrendered it in 2007 due to a misdemeanor charge, non violent, non domestic. Now that I’m in Arizona would I have a chance to obtain another?

  67. Can Canadians with no criminal record and a Canadian firearm permit (long gun) get a permit if they live and Arizona for extended periods?

    1. Yes, if you have dual citizenship. If you are outside of the phoenix area, even if you didn’t have dual citizenship most officers use personal discretion. If you are honest and courteous most officers won’t even be concerned about it. Of course that is subjective.

  68. I have lived in Arizona for 25 years. I have help a Arizona Concealed Weapons permitt for 8-18 years, with no criminal history except two moving vehicle violations over my 65 years that were resolved with minor fines. I served Honorably In the US Military and hold Two Honorable Military Discharges my Medal Awards Vietnam Service,Vietnam Campaign, National Defence, and the Bronzre Star. I moved from California in 1985 but still have family in California. My wife and I are both 65 years of age. We have family members who are active police officers in Mohave County Arizona and a retired police officer brother in California. My wife and I cross 5 hours through the Mohave Desert to get to our family every time we visit California.. A lot of the travel is considered baron desert area. All my family in California has children and I prefer to leave my weapon on my side to all others . The out of sight and out of mind to others is strategy that works best on a need to know basis for me. Can I extend my CCW permit to cover the State of California or do I apply for a complete separate California CCW Permitt?

  69. I am a resident of Arizona, but currently stationed in California. I am due to EAS soon and am looking to purchase 4 long rifles and 1 handgun from a California resident. Am I allowed to purchase the guns here and drive to arizona?

  70. Can you own a gun in AZ. if you have been found guilt of domestic violence in Fl?

  71. If I purchase a hand gun off of a family member or receive one as a gift is this legal and how do I go about registering this to me

    1. I’m not a lawyer, but this is my understanding of the law. If you receive a firearm as a gift from an immediate family member, it is absolutely legal. Purchasing one privately is also legal. In the state of Arizona, you don’t have to register a firearm at all. If you want to, that’s your choice, but it’s absolutely legal (in my understanding) not to register a firearm (This all applies only if you’re legally able to own a firearm).

  72. Are there any gun bans (such as AK or AR firearms) or magazine bans? Also laws on having your own gun range on land ? Looking to move to Az

  73. If you live off campus, I do not see an issue with you obtaining and owning a firearm. As long as you meet the AZ requirements to legally own a gun. if you were in a dorm, you wouldn’t be able to possess the firearm on campus

  74. If I’m moving to Arizona and currently have a CCW from another state (midwest) and am a Veteran – do I only need to apply for an Arizona CCW and pay a fee to get an Arizona CW?

    1. You can use the current CCW from the other state and use it in Arizona until it expires. And then apply for an Arizona CCW once that expires. You will have to submit fingerprints to ADoT, but may be exempt from completing a firearms training course since you already have a CCW in another state.

  75. If I own a gun and have ccw, am I required to surrender them if I get med marijuana card for bad back?

    1. You can keep your weapons but your CCW will be cancelled immediately upon application for and issuance of a Medical Marijuana card.

      1. Legally you are not allowed to own Firearms if you use any drug not recognized by the Feds. as a legal drug that can be prescribed. Weed, even though you may have a MMJ card, the Feds. still don’t recognize it as legal. As for your card being canceled, that’s not true. I’ve had my CCW since 2000 renewing it every 5 years and my MMJ card since 2012 renewing it every year. They don’t cross reference, but if they wanted to cancel it they could and they would cancel your CCW license not your MMJ card. If they were checking this when you applied for your CCW, you would have been denied.

        1. I have been SCREAMING the FACT to those that EITHER ARE STUPID… or “feel” they are FOOLING..THEMSELVES”. If the D.C. MAFIA wants to, “USING EVEN Medical Marijuana”.. THE D.C. MAFIA can AND WILL take you gun…lock”you” up. Perhaps NOT everyone… but they can and OFTEN WILL !

  76. Anyone know the laws on Antique Black Powder Guns in Arizona? If a felon can own these or not. Cannot find a definite answer anywhere. Thanks

    1. My understanding is that black powder weapons made before 1897 are not considered firearms by the feds. That definition says in part that any firearm that requires the user to manually load the firearm with black powder and a ball is considered an antique-regardless if it was built in 1897 or is a repro of a weapon built before 1897.

      1. It’s true that they aren’t considered firearms, but they are considered to be antique firearms, which still makes them illegal for a felon to own.
        I’m not a lawyer, this is just my understanding of the law.

    1. All rights having been lawfully restored according to state/federal laws and REQUIREMENTS. You can then get CCW, own any weapons currently available to other residents. Etc

  77. An individual was strapping his weapon and multiple bullet clips onto his belt. He also was wearing very baggy clothing and an oversized t-shirt. Was able to catch him in the act, due to an alarmed employee, he was to meet with me that day for an appointment. I instructed him to remove his weapons and place them back in his car he obliged and placed them in the trunk of his car. It was an unnerving experience, no idea why he would require them at an appointment. He is retired military (Army), this happened in AZ.

    1. LOL what are you blabbing about? “catch him in the act”, OF WHAT? You sound like an uneducated troll.

      1. Join the discussion Correct, people that don’t understand firearms or why folks carry, get freaked out and panic. first sign of being uneducated is the use of the word CLIP when speaking of a magazine.

    1. Since Arizona doesn’t require registration of firearms, the gifter does not need to fill out any paperwork when gifting the firearm.

  78. What are the zoning laws in Arizona of where a gun and ammo store can open? Is there a law of how far they have to be from a school?

  79. If I am coming for training for 6 months from another state. Are there any restrictions?

    1. Az is a constitutional carry state. Visitors can carry concealed or open. One must comply with school zones and businesses that post otherwise.

  80. I will be driving from California to Georgia next month and would like to know if my Arizona and my Utah CCW permit covers me while traveling. I am a California resident.
    My other question is with my CCW is it legal to carry while driving in any states that have concealed carry reciprocity with AZ and Utah or does the firearm have to be in a locked container for example

    1. You should have learned that in your CCW class that’s what it’s for reciprocity the answer is yes your covered if th you’re traveling through are on the list the other answer is it depends on the other states laws you need to know before you go that’s exactly what they said in my CCW class

    2. I have a AZ Concealed Carry Permit and my Work is going to bring me CA for a couple months I am a Director and I travel alot. Can I get a Concealed Carry Permit in CA and because I already have One is it a easy thing to do?

      1. No California only gives CCW’S to residents and since it’s a may issue state even if your a resident good luck getting one oh and they do not recognize any other states CCW

      2. Pretty much don’t take your gun to California unless you plan to leave it in a lockbox in the trunk of your car. CA sucks when it comes to gun laws

    3. Federal law protects you if traveling from one location where it’s legal to possess your firearm to another location where it is legal to possess that firearm.

  81. I’m James from california I own a gun can I bring while visiting my relatives in arizona, do I need to get a travel licisen? Thnx

    1. you can have the handgun in the waistband, pocket, or purse if concealing. You do not need a holster

    2. Don’t carry a handgun without a holster. That’s a good way to have an accidental discharge. Not to mention it will be hard to conceal when people see you holding up your pants all day.

  82. Say someone had a mmj card, why would it be illegal for them to own a firearm?

    1. With a mmj card you aren’t breaking state law but you ARE breaking federal law and cannot get a ccw permit or buy a gun and you should/will be denied the purchase when you complete the 4473 background check form.

  83. If asked by law enforcement if you are carrying a concealed weapon, and you are, do you have to give the weapon to them if they request you do so? I realize it would be stupid not to accede to their request, but do they have the right to force you, say during a simple traffic stop?

    1. They do not have the right to disarm you of your firearm, but you must reply if they ask you if you are carrying a firearm on your persons. My suggestion would be to let the officer to disarm you, for their safety and yours.. lets be honest. let them look and run the serial number to make sure everything is in order. At least you they will be more at ease and you will be around to live another day. In my opinion, genuine cops won’t disarm you of your firearm, be up front with them that you are carrying one, and they usually say “thanks for the heads up, since you told me you are carrying I would assume you weren’t going to cause harm to me” especially if you show them your CCW

    2. If the officer asks you for your weapon, you are required by law to give it to him/her. However, the officer MUST, by law, return your weapon after the encounter.

  84. Ok I’m an ex felon from california… Umoungs some of my pior charges are caring a stolen & loded fire arm .iv since did my time pay Ed my debt to society and would like to know if arizona laws will allow me to carry a conciled fire arm

    1. Sorry Jay, you must first petition the courts in California to remove or expunge that record. Arizona is an open carry constitution carry state. There is no permit to open carry, but you must be 21 years old to apply for a concealed carry permit which helps you travel to states that reciprocate. Jay I strongly advise that you contact legal council to assist you with clearing up the California records and please carry responsibly. I hope this helps..

  85. Do I need a ffl license to buy guns here in Arizona? I want to buy them on a Arizona
    Gun actuation online

  86. Can a person carry a firearm on a public bus that does not have any signs saying no weapons?

    1. Yes you can carry handgun open or concealed on suntran in there in Tucson Arizona.

  87. I was told by my local police department, that a permit nor a gun safety course is NOT required to carry concealed. Only a non- felon, legal citizen over 21 is all that is required to concealed carry in the state of Arizona. A gun safety course is not required.

    1. AZ is now a constitutional carry State. No permit required to carry concealed. But you need to do your own research and see the writing for yourself.

    2. correct, gun safety course is only required if you are applying for an AZ CCW. but I would suggest taking gun safety courses before carrying any gun. for your safety and the people around you.

  88. Does AZ state law say that you cannot return a firearm that you just purchased?

  89. I have a question that was not answered by this page. As I recently moved to AZ (was out here for school but will be establishing permanent residence) I have not had time to get an AZ license. Am I going to need to do that before purchasing my sidearm? I can’t find any definitives on any of the legal documents that AZ has posted. I meet all other criteria for gun ownership (age, no prior convictions, in good mental health, etc.) as well as having both a passport and my state ID from my good ol’ state of Texas. Thanks in advance for any potential responses.

    1. Author

      AZ is a permitless carry state. A permit is not required but may still be obtained for interstate travel.

      1. While I understand I do not need a permit, am I required to have an AZ state ID in order to keep a sidearm in my home? I don’t plan on open carry or concealed so I am unsure about purchasing one before I acquire an AZ license. Thanks for your response.

      2. You don’t need a Az Drivers license to own a gun but you can’t buy one from a dealer without one. Some private sellers don’t ask.

        1. Thanks Mike, good to know. I prefer the prices of private sellers anyway!

        2. Is the new AZ ID accepted by dealers now? I see it’s commonly accepted by private sellers on Armslist.

  90. Can I conceal carry in a restaurant or where they serve alcohol with a Connecticut concealed carry permit or do I need to get an AZ permit?

    1. AZ reciprocity allows other CCW permits from all states and acts as if you have an AZ CCW. So yes, you can conceal carry in a restaurant that serves alcohol, but you must not consume alcohol or you are breaking the law.

  91. I’m thinking of buying a handgun from a buddy from out of state. Could I dive up and bring it back?

    1. I wouldnt see why not. Private sales happen all the time. As long as you don’t break any laws during the transaction and the carrying laws in the states you will be travelling to/through.. unrelated but.. Very unfortunate profile pic you were assigned..

    2. NO! Buying/transferring ownership of a firearm from another state is a FEDERAL offense. You must go through an FFL dealer.

  92. I was wondering if I was able to obtain a ccw permit if i have a drug paraphernalia charge (rolling papers) back in 2015 I took care of the issue btw.

  93. I am confused. The only reason to get a ccw permit would be to take concealed gun to another state, correct? If you stay in AZ you can conceal carry without a permit, yes?

    1. Author

      Yes, you are totally correct. You only need a permit if you intend to take your handgun interstate.

    2. Without the permit, I’m told, if you are stopped by the police within 1000 feet of a school and are found in possession of a firearm, you are breaking the law. That is another reason why I got my CCW here in AZ.

    3. I got my AZ CCW (resident) for several reasons. No more federal background checks when buying guns. If I mail order a gun, then the local gun shop charges me 1/2 the normal fee to receive it for me. We go to Vegas. I can also carry in a restaurant that serves alcohol. If I get pulled over, the cop will know I have a permit but also knows I’ve had a BG check.

    4. You need a permit to carry into a Restaurant where alcohol is sold. Cannot drink alcohol there.

  94. This website is incorrect. Pennsylvania does not honor Arizona CCW.

  95. I am federally disqualified for a domestic last decade. Do I still qualify for carry without permit an purchase?

    Just moved here and all the males down here shoot.

    1. Author

      Probably not as federal law does not nullify convictions after a certain time has elapsed.

    2. If you are a prohibited possessor and have not petitioned the court to restore your rights, you may not carry and may not purchase.

        1. Your wrong John unless you mean you are a felon without your rights restored. I did 7.5 in ADC and after a five year tail of Adult Probation I am still and always will have a felony on my record making me a ” felon” but I have paid my dues and petitioned for right restoration , 22 after my restoration and 41 after Probation Discharge I carry with a CCW, have a Level 1 Fingerprint Clearance which is a must in my career field,please don’t judge someone who made mistakes legally, and if you do at least c one correct in what you have to say about it. U may be surprised but not every prisoner of ADC goes to prison , home and then back again. Thanks for making my day man.

  96. I would like to get a CCW for Arizona, I live in the California, and have applied for my CCW in California also.

    1. Author

      You do not need a CCW permit in Arizona as it is a permitless state. However non-residents can still obtain them if they wish but there is no need for you as Arizona will honor your CA permit.

      1. There’s no need but there are a bunch of other states that will honor a non-resident AZ CCW…like NV and WY….those don’t honor CA. For $50 and 5 years, not a bad deal.

    2. Even if you don’t live in Arizona you can conceal carry without a permit/license.

Leave a Comment