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
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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

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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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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 »

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…

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).

Barry Delaney
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Barry Delaney

if i live less than a 1000 feet from a school can i own a firearm?

Marquis
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Marquis

Are there any gun bans (such as AK or AR firearms) or magazine bans? Also laws on having your own gun range on land ? Looking to move to Az

Cameron
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Cameron

There are no bans on any firearms or magazine capacity.

WisconsinTransplant
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WisconsinTransplant

If I’m moving to Arizona and currently have a CCW from another state (midwest) and am a Veteran – do I only need to apply for an Arizona CCW and pay a fee to get an Arizona CW?

Travis
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Travis

You can use the current CCW from the other state and use it in Arizona until it expires. And then apply for an Arizona CCW once that expires. You will have to submit fingerprints to ADoT, but may be exempt from completing a firearms training course since you already have a CCW in another state.

Dick
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Dick

If I own a gun and have ccw, am I required to surrender them if I get med marijuana card for bad back?

David
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David

You can keep your weapons but your CCW will be cancelled immediately upon application for and issuance of a Medical Marijuana card.

Joel Freedman
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Joel Freedman

Hello, I am a college student in Flagstaff, Arizona. I love in an apartment in town with one other roommate. I’m approaching my 21st birthday and I was wondering if there are any laws or regulations that I should be aware of pertaining to owning and possessing a handgun in my residence.

Travis
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Travis

If you live off campus, I do not see an issue with you obtaining and owning a firearm. As long as you meet the AZ requirements to legally own a gun. if you were in a dorm, you wouldn’t be able to possess the firearm on campus

Markus
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Markus

Anyone know the laws on Antique Black Powder Guns in Arizona? If a felon can own these or not. Cannot find a definite answer anywhere. Thanks

john
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john

It’s a gun, a felon cannot legally own or posses it……federal law

harry
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harry

My understanding is that black powder weapons made before 1897 are not considered firearms by the feds. That definition says in part that any firearm that requires the user to manually load the firearm with black powder and a ball is considered an antique-regardless if it was built in 1897 or is a repro of a weapon built before 1897.

Hayden
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Hayden

It’s true that they aren’t considered firearms, but they are considered to be antique firearms, which still makes them illegal for a felon to own.
I’m not a lawyer, this is just my understanding of the law.

Russell
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Russell

If I’m a felon with all rights restored can I still get a ccw permit

Juan
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Juan

An individual was strapping his weapon and multiple bullet clips onto his belt. He also was wearing very baggy clothing and an oversized t-shirt. Was able to catch him in the act, due to an alarmed employee, he was to meet with me that day for an appointment. I instructed him to remove his weapons and place them back in his car he obliged and placed them in the trunk of his car. It was an unnerving experience, no idea why he would require them at an appointment. He is retired military (Army), this happened in AZ.

Gman
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Gman

LOL what are you blabbing about? “catch him in the act”, OF WHAT? You sound like an uneducated troll.

Armed
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Armed

Join the discussion Correct, people that don’t understand firearms or why folks carry, get freaked out and panic. first sign of being uneducated is the use of the word CLIP when speaking of a magazine.

danielle
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danielle

how do I go about gifting a gun to someone who is an adult put under the age of 21

Caleb
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Caleb

Since Arizona doesn’t require registration of firearms, the gifter does not need to fill out any paperwork when gifting the firearm.

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.