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

ARIZONA 2018

  • 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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L.J. Moore

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

Kaden
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Kaden

So its legal to open carry a handgun in this state at 18 correct?

Bob
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Bob

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

R J
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R J

Yes you can

Jared
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Jared

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!

Dan
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Dan

The drivers license is all you need. Takes about 7 days to get.

Bailey
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Bailey

No background checks?

thomas Mor
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thomas Mor

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 ?

thomas Mor
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thomas Mor

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

Mark Gemmill
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Mark Gemmill

Very informative site. Thank you.
I have a question, what is the process if any for person out of state to purchase a firearm?

George
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George

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?

Mike
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Mike

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

Mike
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Mike

**As long as it is your private vehicle.

Howard w. Demick
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Howard w. Demick

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

Mike Murphy
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Mike Murphy

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

T-Ozzy
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T-Ozzy

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.

Steve O
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Steve O

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?

RRR
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RRR

Do you need a ccw course or just a gun safety course?

Tyler j. Grinter
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Tyler j. Grinter

Over 21 only ccw coarse

mike
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mike

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

Tyler j. Grinter
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Tyler j. Grinter

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.

Frank
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Frank

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… Read more »

Richard J Coon
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Richard J Coon

California does not accept any other states CCW.

Cody
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Cody

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?

Alannah
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Alannah

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

Sandy
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Sandy

Can I carry my Ak draco pistol in my vehicle and it be loaded as well?

Ralf
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Ralf

That’s a overkill… That’s why the think gun owners are nuts…

Tyler j. Grinter
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Tyler j. Grinter

Yes, there are no restrictions

Mark
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Mark

Just to be clear, is it illegal to CONSUME alcohol in a restaurant while carrying or is it illegal to be under the influence as with a drivers license? I cannot find that answer on the website.

Thanks!

James
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James

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

Hayden
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Hayden

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).

Tyler j. Grinter
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Tyler j. Grinter

That statement is 100% correct