Arizona Gun Laws
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
Arizona CCW Dashboard
Arizona CCW Reciprocity
How Reciprocity Works 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
Districts & Territories
District of Columbia, New York City, Guam, Puerto Rico
- 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.
Arizona Concealed Carry Permit
Arizona Gun Policy
Permit Issued To
- Arizona Concealed Weapons Permit Requirements
- How to Apply for an Arizona Concealed Weapons Permit
- Arizona Concealed Weapons Permit Renewals
- Arizona Concealed Weapons Permit Fee's
- 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
Arizona Handgun Permit Forms
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Arizona: Places Off-Limits for CCW
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
- 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
Arizona gun Sales, Preemption...
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.
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
Learn Arizona's Gun History
1910 - Arizona Constitution
1994 - Concealed carry permitted
2009 - Carry in bars allowed
2010 - Firearm Freedom Act
2010 - Permit-less carry enacted
Arizona Concealed Carry Laws
Arizona Gun Laws To Know
YES – Without a permitYES – 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.
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
ARS 17.305 – Wildlife Management Areas
YESOnly 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.
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.
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
Other CCW Statutes
Arizona CCW FAQ's
Arizona CCW Contacts
Department of Public Safety
Concealed Weapon Permit Unit
Monday – Friday 8am – 5pm
Address 2222 W. Encanto Blvd.
CityPhoenix, AZ 85009
Phone (602) 256-6280