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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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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Jenny
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Jenny

What are the zoning laws in Arizona of where a gun and ammo store can open? Is there a law of how far they have to be from a school?

Bill
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Bill

If I am coming for training for 6 months from another state. Are there any restrictions?

Andromeda451
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Andromeda451

Az is a constitutional carry state. Visitors can carry concealed or open. One must comply with school zones and businesses that post otherwise.

Bruce Clark
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Bruce Clark

I will be driving from California to Georgia next month and would like to know if my Arizona and my Utah CCW permit covers me while traveling. I am a California resident.
My other question is with my CCW is it legal to carry while driving in any states that have concealed carry reciprocity with AZ and Utah or does the firearm have to be in a locked container for example

Robert Brittian
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Robert Brittian

You should have learned that in your CCW class that’s what it’s for reciprocity the answer is yes your covered if th you’re traveling through are on the list the other answer is it depends on the other states laws you need to know before you go that’s exactly what they said in my CCW class

Tommy Bull
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Tommy Bull

I have a AZ Concealed Carry Permit and my Work is going to bring me CA for a couple months I am a Director and I travel alot. Can I get a Concealed Carry Permit in CA and because I already have One is it a easy thing to do?
Tommy.

Tom
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Tom

No California only gives CCW’S to residents and since it’s a may issue state even if your a resident good luck getting one oh and they do not recognize any other states CCW

Travis
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Travis

Pretty much don’t take your gun to California unless you plan to leave it in a lockbox in the trunk of your car. CA sucks when it comes to gun laws

James
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James

I’m James from california I own a gun can I bring while visiting my relatives in arizona, do I need to get a travel licisen? Thnx

Leonard Ligocki
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Leonard Ligocki

Do I need to have a handgun holstered if I carry concealed?

Travis
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Travis

you can have the handgun in the waistband, pocket, or purse if concealing. You do not need a holster

Justin
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Justin

Don’t carry a handgun without a holster. That’s a good way to have an accidental discharge. Not to mention it will be hard to conceal when people see you holding up your pants all day.

James Gandalfino
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James Gandalfino

Say someone had a mmj card, why would it be illegal for them to own a firearm?

Donnie Steen
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Donnie Steen

With a mmj card you aren’t breaking state law but you ARE breaking federal law and cannot get a ccw permit or buy a gun and you should/will be denied the purchase when you complete the 4473 background check form.

Charlie
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Charlie

If asked by law enforcement if you are carrying a concealed weapon, and you are, do you have to give the weapon to them if they request you do so? I realize it would be stupid not to accede to their request, but do they have the right to force you, say during a simple traffic stop?

Travis
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Travis

They do not have the right to disarm you of your firearm, but you must reply if they ask you if you are carrying a firearm on your persons. My suggestion would be to let the officer to disarm you, for their safety and yours.. lets be honest. let them look and run the serial number to make sure everything is in order. At least you they will be more at ease and you will be around to live another day. In my opinion, genuine cops won’t disarm you of your firearm, be up front with them that you are… Read more »

Larry
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Larry

If the officer asks you for your weapon, you are required by law to give it to him/her. However, the officer MUST, by law, return your weapon after the encounter.

Jay
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Jay

Ok I’m an ex felon from california… Umoungs some of my pior charges are caring a stolen & loded fire arm .iv since did my time pay Ed my debt to society and would like to know if arizona laws will allow me to carry a conciled fire arm

popz
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popz

Sorry Jay, you must first petition the courts in California to remove or expunge that record. Arizona is an open carry constitution carry state. There is no permit to open carry, but you must be 21 years old to apply for a concealed carry permit which helps you travel to states that reciprocate. Jay I strongly advise that you contact legal council to assist you with clearing up the California records and please carry responsibly. I hope this helps..

WONH
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WONH

Illinois will. And With a Illinois CCP it’s recognized in Az

Michaelpv
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Michaelpv

Do I need a ffl license to buy guns here in Arizona? I want to buy them on a Arizona
Gun actuation online

Keven dalton
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Keven dalton

Can a person carry a firearm on a public bus that does not have any signs saying no weapons?

Leonard Ligocki
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Leonard Ligocki

Yes you can carry handgun open or concealed on suntran in there in Tucson Arizona.

Mark Arizona
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Mark Arizona

I was told by my local police department, that a permit nor a gun safety course is NOT required to carry concealed. Only a non- felon, legal citizen over 21 is all that is required to concealed carry in the state of Arizona. A gun safety course is not required.

Dave
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Dave

AZ is now a constitutional carry State. No permit required to carry concealed. But you need to do your own research and see the writing for yourself.

Travis
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Travis

correct, gun safety course is only required if you are applying for an AZ CCW. but I would suggest taking gun safety courses before carrying any gun. for your safety and the people around you.

Veronica
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Veronica

Does AZ state law say that you cannot return a firearm that you just purchased?

Travis
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Travis

I have a question that was not answered by this page. As I recently moved to AZ (was out here for school but will be establishing permanent residence) I have not had time to get an AZ license. Am I going to need to do that before purchasing my sidearm? I can’t find any definitives on any of the legal documents that AZ has posted. I meet all other criteria for gun ownership (age, no prior convictions, in good mental health, etc.) as well as having both a passport and my state ID from my good ol’ state of Texas.… Read more »

Jimmy
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Jimmy

Can I conceal carry in a restaurant or where they serve alcohol with a Connecticut concealed carry permit or do I need to get an AZ permit?

Travis
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Travis

AZ reciprocity allows other CCW permits from all states and acts as if you have an AZ CCW. So yes, you can conceal carry in a restaurant that serves alcohol, but you must not consume alcohol or you are breaking the law.

Zach
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Zach

I’m thinking of buying a handgun from a buddy from out of state. Could I dive up and bring it back?

Travis
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Travis

I wouldnt see why not. Private sales happen all the time. As long as you don’t break any laws during the transaction and the carrying laws in the states you will be travelling to/through.. unrelated but.. Very unfortunate profile pic you were assigned..

Justin
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Justin

NO! Buying/transferring ownership of a firearm from another state is a FEDERAL offense. You must go through an FFL dealer.

Gerardo Orejel
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Gerardo Orejel

I was wondering if I was able to obtain a ccw permit if i have a drug paraphernalia charge (rolling papers) back in 2015 I took care of the issue btw.

Sheryl
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Sheryl

I am confused. The only reason to get a ccw permit would be to take concealed gun to another state, correct? If you stay in AZ you can conceal carry without a permit, yes?

Dan
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Dan

Without the permit, I’m told, if you are stopped by the police within 1000 feet of a school and are found in possession of a firearm, you are breaking the law. That is another reason why I got my CCW here in AZ.

Troy
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Troy

I got my AZ CCW (resident) for several reasons. No more federal background checks when buying guns. If I mail order a gun, then the local gun shop charges me 1/2 the normal fee to receive it for me. We go to Vegas. I can also carry in a restaurant that serves alcohol. If I get pulled over, the cop will know I have a permit but also knows I’ve had a BG check.

Allan
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Allan

You need a permit to carry into a Restaurant where alcohol is sold. Cannot drink alcohol there.

George Money
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George Money

This website is incorrect. Pennsylvania does not honor Arizona CCW.

Jonathan Hudson
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Jonathan Hudson

I am federally disqualified for a domestic last decade. Do I still qualify for carry without permit an purchase?

Just moved here and all the males down here shoot.

Craig
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Craig

If you are a prohibited possessor and have not petitioned the court to restore your rights, you may not carry and may not purchase.

John Flinn
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John Flinn

Can’t even shoot a gun if you’re a felon.

Sinnwood23
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Sinnwood23

Your wrong John unless you mean you are a felon without your rights restored. I did 7.5 in ADC and after a five year tail of Adult Probation I am still and always will have a felony on my record making me a ” felon” but I have paid my dues and petitioned for right restoration , 22 after my restoration and 41 after Probation Discharge I carry with a CCW, have a Level 1 Fingerprint Clearance which is a must in my career field,please don’t judge someone who made mistakes legally, and if you do at least c one… Read more »

John Phillips
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John Phillips

I would like to get a CCW for Arizona, I live in the California, and have applied for my CCW in California also.

Mike R.
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Mike R.

Even if you don’t live in Arizona you can conceal carry without a permit/license.

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