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

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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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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 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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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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Alan Schiff

Do the Gerkins Come in the Perkins or the Pickles in a barrel??

Pat
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Pat

My question is — I see all these States that have reciprocity with AZ if I have an AZ concealed carry permit but seeing AZ doesn’t require me to have a concealed carry permit, does the reciprocity in other States still stand because I’m an AZ resident or do I have to get a concealed carry permit for the reciprocity to take affect?

matt
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matt

Honestly, as an AZ resident that goes between here and south dakota, the $60 dollar permit is worth it. And yes. You do need the permit to be eligible for reciprocity.

Jake
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Jake

You need the permit for reciprocity…that’s one of the purposes of the permit in the first place. The exception is states with constitutional carry. Those 37 listed states with AZ reciprocity include 13 non-resident constitutional carry states. Generally speaking, no CCW permits are needed for constitutional carry states.

Redd
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Redd

This website has given me everything I need to know! But I will say it is VERY hard to find any solid information about carrying a firearm on Arizona Reservations. I’ve heard rumors that if one is passing through, it’s fine but if one is staying anywhere on the land it might not be legal and the reservation can take ones firearm resulting at never getting it back. So because information about this is hard to come by online, it would probably be best to call a local police dept. on which ever Rez one would be traveling on/through/staying (hotel)… Read more »

Bob
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Bob

I am an AZ resident legal CCW holder who has travelled on OK and NM interstates – which intersect Tribal lands/casinos and wonder if my concealed weapon is potentially a legal issue (?) Comment?

Geronimo
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Geronimo

I know three people caught while dove hunting unknowingly on Rez land. Tribal cops took their shotguns, they were cited, went to tribal court, judge gave them just a warning, no fine telling them they needed a permit to hunt on Rez land and returned their shotguns.

Jake
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Jake

Tribal reservations make their own obscure laws that are impossible to locate unless you go directly to the source. Generally speaking, do not take any firearm onto tribal land, even if just passing through. Now unless you shoot or are confronted by law enforcement (traffic pullover) no one will ever know you’re carrying while passing through, so use your best judgement. Confiscation can be a real thing here. Nothing you read about for AZ CCW applies on reservations.

Eirik
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Eirik

Hi!
I am a Norwegian police officer visiting USA (Arizona and Texas) for a hand gun course. I have got a license from the ATF to bring a pistol from Norway. Am I allowed to concealed carrying outside the class?

Riley
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Riley

Affirmative

matt
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matt

In arizona the weapon must be unloaded and locked in car in school vicinity. No on person allowed.

Jeremy
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Jeremy

You just made that up. What is “school vicinity?”

Jake
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Jake

On school grounds the gun must be locked away (such as a locked vehicle) and unloaded. Those without a CCW permit cannot even get within 1000 ft of the school, beyond school grounds. To answer the original question, you can very much conceal carry outside of class. There are other off-limit areas other than schools, such as post offices, restaurants serving alcohol, and government buildings.

Manuel Sanchez
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Manuel Sanchez

I received an other than honorable discharge 30 yrs ago is this a disqualifier for a cwp. If it is are there any states that issue a cwp with such discharge.

Carlos
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Carlos

No it does not. Truthfully, you dont need to disclose your dishcharge status unless it was an “DISHONORABLE DISCHARGE”

Jake
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Jake

Carlos is correct. Only a dishonorable is relevant.

Chris Holloway
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Chris Holloway

I live in Arizona but I haven’t not gotten my license yet in Arizona can I still buy and carry a weapon

Travis W Farmer
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Travis W Farmer

Says you can above, so yes. You can.

Riley
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Riley

Drivers license or CCW

Jake
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Jake

You don’t even have to live here to carry a weapon, so yes you can. For non-resident gun sales, you have to be legally allowed to purchase the gun in your home/resident state, legally allowed to own the gun in your home state, and it must be shipped to your home state via FFL. Otherwise, you need an AZ license or CCW permit (both will match each other regarding the state). In summary, you must wait to buy your gun until you have your AZ license/ID. The other option is to purchase a gun in your state of residency then… Read more »

Kelly
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Kelly

I was gifted a handgun by my ex husband in CA. It was registered in his name in CA, not mine. I’ve now moved to AZ. What do I have to do to legally use/carry my gun in AZ now?

Tory
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Tory

Its a gift, in AZ you can just carry it to your hearts content. But don’t take my word for it, call your counties sheriff’s office and speak to a deputy on the phone! AZ is the best state for all things firearms related.

Riley
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Riley

Carry it

Jake
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Jake

You can certainly carry it right now, but also talk to CA to verify if you have to “de-register” it. CA is bonkers with gun laws so who knows. Last thing you want is to have your gun stolen, used to commit a crime, found by police, and traced back to your ex-husband in CA. As long as you’re legally allowed to own a gun, you can carry it in AZ.

Timothy Askew
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Timothy Askew

Is it legal to carry more than 1 gun at a time?

Troy
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Troy

It is. Obviously context matters here… I personally wouldn’t recommend you carry a rifle over your shoulder and a handgun on your hip in public for the hell of it (it will definitely cause a scare), but it is totally legal. Hunters and sport shooters do it quite often!

Riley
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Riley

Affirmative. I have 2 on me at all times I had one officer laugh that I was more heavily armed then Him. God bless Arizona.

Ramon
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Ramon

I am 19 years old, I’m wondering if I am legally able to purchase a handgun and carry it openly on my person.?

Glen
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Glen

No you are not. You have to be 21 for handgun.

Ryan
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Ryan

Did you not read above? Why go right to the comment section? Take the time to read and know your laws so that you’re a responsible gun owner.

Troy
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Troy

You CAN carry a handgun openly on your person. You just cannot legally buy a handgun or handgun ammo.

Jake
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Jake

18 to open carry and 21 to conceal carry. 18 to buy from a private seller and 21 to buy from a FFL dealer.

Jason
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Jason

To add on, you must be 21 to purchase handguns.

Nev
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Nev

Grew up in Tucson and FINALLY got back after 30+ years. I’m her permanently. Was in Alaska last three years, Texas before that…

Anyhow: why bother getting a CCW if I don’t technically need one. Besides any classroom learning, and skipping the background check on purchases (I have no plans for) are there other benefits?

Christopher
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Christopher

Without a CCW you cannot carry into any establishment that serves alcohol, even if you are not drinking.

Kurt
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Kurt

Join the discussion…The CCW also allows you to conceal carry in many of the other states so short travels to some bordering states (West coast states are No) will still allow you to protect yourself if needed while away from home.

Jake
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Jake

The main benefit is reciprocity with 37 other states. Without CCW you cannot conceal carry into a restaurant/bar that serves alcohol. If involved in a self-defense shooting, the court will look favorably on you if you have a CCW. Regarding the classroom learning, it’s never a bad idea to absorb some more knowledge.

Diane
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Diane

I’m retired from the military. Will my military ID (retired) be enough for my proof of firearms safety. I’m going to apply for a CC permit but my DD214 is currently in storage.

Jake
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Jake

You don’t need your DD214 for the CCW permit if you simply take the 2-hr class. Otherwise, the application allows for a “DD214 or active duty military credentials demonstrating firearms competence.” Call AZDPS and ask them.

Pat Callahan
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Pat Callahan

I’m moving to Arizona at the end of the month. Have 18 long guns and 5 handguns. Do I have to ship them to a dealer or can I just transport them with me?

Ron W.
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Ron W.

Just transport them like any other personal property. If you have any Class III weapons, I’d check with ATF first.

Jake
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Jake

Definitely do not need to ship them. Make sure you store them correctly while traveling across state borders. You must notify ATF if you’re transporting any NFA items across state borders.

Bruce James Batterham
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Bruce James Batterham

I live in Australia and have a Firearms License issued in the State of Queensland. I am travelling to America in October. Can I obtain a permit or do I need a permit to obtain a concealable firearm.

Ron W.
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Ron W.

Foreign nationals who are not legal residents of Arizona cannot own/possess firearms.

Jake
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Jake

You must be a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident.

Pete
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Pete

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

User Online
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User Online

No.

Ron W.
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Ron W.

Yes, BUT. Any non-prohibited possessor may purchase firearms in AZ. HOWEVER, your non-resident permit may not allow you to bypass background checks, and you may have an ATF delay on your purchase (if done at an FFL dealer). Once that firearm crosses in to California, you will need to comply with CAL DOJ rules.

Jake
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Jake

You can, but there are two rules you must follow: you must be legally allowed to purchase/own the firearm in CA and any handgun must be shipped via FFL from AZ to CA. You might be able to take immediate possession of long guns in AZ based on CA laws. Any non-prohibited U.S. citizen older than 21 (with or without a CCW) can purchase a firearm in AZ, but the transaction and gun must be legal in your state and must be shipped to your state from the dealer you purchased it from.

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

Andrew
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Andrew

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

Cory
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Cory

Go to mvd and get an Identification card

User Online
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User Online

No. If you do and cross over state lines, its a federal offense.

Jeremy
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Jeremy

Stop making sh** up.

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

jaime
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jaime

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

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 Doe
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John Doe

Welcome to Arizona. Ditat Deus.

john dode
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john dode

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

User Online
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User Online

No. Its a federal offense.

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]

Ron W.
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Ron W.

A CCW allows you to carry in places that serve alcohol as long as a) You don’t drink there; b) There is no 4-227 sign posted; c) you carry concealed. A CCW also allows you to bypass DOJ background checks when buying guns from an FFL.

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

Ron W.
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Ron W.

Yes. Any united states citizen or legal resident who is not a prohibited possessor may carry open or concealed in AZ. There are obvious restrictions on carrying (schools, places that serve alcohol, nuclear plants, voting places on election day, etc.)