Arizona Gun Laws

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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
Carry In Bars SEE DETAILS
Constitutional Carry YES
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Arizona CCW Reciprocity

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  • 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.

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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

NON-RESIDENT PERMITS
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

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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

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Note

  • 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

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

  • 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

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Arizona: Places Off-Limits for CCW

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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.

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Open Carry in Arizona

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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

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Flintlock blunderbus pistol

Learn Arizona's Gun History

1910

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

1994

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

2009

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

2010

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.

2010

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

Arizona Concealed Carry Laws

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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

YES

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.

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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

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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

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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

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Off-Limits Statutes

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Arizona CCW FAQ's

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Arizona CCW Contacts

Department of Public Safety

Concealed Weapon Permit Unit

Hours


Monday – Friday 8am – 5pm

Saturday Closed

Sunday Closed


Contact


Address 2222 W. Encanto Blvd.

CityPhoenix, AZ 85009

Phone (602) 256-6280

 

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Joe Lane
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Joe Lane

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???????

Rene
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Rene

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.
YOU DON’T HAVE TO REGISTER YOUR FIREARMS PERIOD NOR HAVE ANY TYPE OF PERMIT TO CARRY YOUR FIREARM! YOU CAN OPEN CARRY & CONCEAL CARRY WITH NO PERMITS.
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

Brent
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Brent

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. ??

Rene
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Rene

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

Bob M
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Bob M

I am looking at the Prescott Area and moving from California. I am originally from New England and have been shooting since I was 13 years old. I am escaping California as this state is repressive and has no concern for the individuals rights. From all the posts, it sounds like I have chosen the corect state. I will not bring any of the California crap with me as that is why I am leaving. I am all about personal freedom and look forward to living in a state that respects that.

Thomas Jones
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Thomas Jones

In that case I say welcome.

john dode
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john dode

can I buy a gun if I’m not from the state?

Jerry
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Jerry

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?

cptobvious
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cptobvious

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.

Thomas Jones
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Thomas Jones

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]

Gabe
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Gabe

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

TZAZ
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TZAZ

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.

Km1500
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Km1500

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

Rob Griffin
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Rob Griffin

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

Tom
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Tom

No on banks or post officers

chuck
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chuck

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

Rob
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Rob

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?

Dan
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Dan

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

Wes
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Wes

Yes but as john said err on the side of caution dont push it

Donald Young
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Donald Young

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?

Jonathan Harsh
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Jonathan Harsh

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.

Tom
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Tom

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.

charles dauer
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charles dauer

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

David
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David

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?

Sean
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Sean

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.

Lyall
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Lyall

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

k B
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k B

Can I open carry on the light rail or city busses?

Flavio
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Flavio

Can i have a gun on me if im 18 years old?

Tyler
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Tyler

Yes you can. You can open carry here at 18 without a permit.

Rene
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Rene

yes RIFLE AND SHOTGUNS.
HANDSGUNS ARE TRICKY THEY KINDA HAVE TO BE GIVEN TO YOU AS A GIFT BUT ITS A SUGGESTED NO GO.

Manuel Garcia
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Manuel Garcia

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

1971-Chevelle
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1971-Chevelle

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.

chuck
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chuck

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.

Michael Hopkins
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Michael Hopkins

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)?

Dominic
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Dominic

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?

Max
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Max

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

James
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James

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

James
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James

Perole not perplexed

Rene
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Rene

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.

chuck
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chuck

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.

Rose
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Rose

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:)

James
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James

Call your local sheriff for an accurate response

James Wegner
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James Wegner

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.)

William J Piper
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William J Piper

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

BRANDON
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BRANDON

If you move do not bring your California politics with you. Arizona is the last of the free states and we don’t need Californians ruining our party. We are happy being Arizonans so leave your California garbage in California. Otherwise enjoy our state and make it home. Im pretty sure domiciled is after six months. Could be wrong.

chuck
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chuck

Agree 110% with brandon, Dont screw up our free state, its the only one left, well maybe Alaska. Once you have a driver’s license and a bill in your name, you are a legal Arizonan. Welcome aboard, the amount of time it takes to become a citizen of Arizona is shorter than the wait time on buying a gun in Kalifornia.

Michelle
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Michelle

90 days to become a resident.

Dusty
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Dusty

Please dont bring California with you.

James
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James

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.

Dolores A Ving
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Dolores A Ving

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,

Randy Denney
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Randy Denney

ARS 12-781 allows this within certain parameters.