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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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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Flavio
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Flavio

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

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.

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

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.

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.

Andrew
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Andrew

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?

James
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James

Yes

tilly
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tilly

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

Seniortac
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Seniortac

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… Read more »

Michael Jones
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Michael Jones

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!!??

Mike
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Mike

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

James
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James

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

Kenneth J BROCK
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Kenneth J BROCK

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

Seniortac
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Seniortac

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!

Bill Thayer
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Bill Thayer

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

Sheldon Smith
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Sheldon Smith

If you would like to conceal carry in a restaurant or place that serves alchohol (you can not drink alchohol if you are going to conceal carry), you will need a CCW to legally carry inside the establishment. Only if there is no signs posted.

Jeff frank
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Jeff frank

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?

J Garcia
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J Garcia

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.

Walter White
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Walter White

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.

David Fawcett
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David Fawcett

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?

AutoLode
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AutoLode

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

James
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James

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

Lucas
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Lucas

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.

The Grand Mo
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The Grand Mo

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.

AutoLode
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AutoLode

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

Walter White
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Walter White

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.

MIchael Stevens
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MIchael Stevens

Anyone know what “Residential Permits Only” means? I found another site that says CO honors AZ’s permit but this site says “Residential Permits Only.” Not positive what that means…

M car
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M car

There are two kinds of AZ permits. One can be obtained in other states but is an AZ permit and has reciprocity with I believe 30 or 32 other states. The one for AZ residents is good in all 36 reciprocity states.

GQB
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GQB

I just got off the phone with ARIZONA DPS. I was informed that they no longer have any distinction between resident and non resident permits, apparently they have only one permit now for both residents and non residents together.

David
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David

Residential Only means your from the very home state that issued your ccw and have I’d ready to prove it.

Toni Jimeno
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Toni Jimeno

It means you’re only allowed to have it in or at your home where you live. Which is better than not being allowed at all.

L.J. Moore
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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….?

David
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David

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

Kaden
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Kaden

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

Seniortac
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Seniortac

Yes you can!

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

Seniortac
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Seniortac

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!

Reuben
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Reuben

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