Arizona Gun Laws

The right to keep and bear arms is enshrined in the United States Constitution. However, those rights are interpreted differently across state lines. Arizona is one of the states with the fewest restrictive gun laws in the nation.

The Arizona State Constitution states, The right of the individual citizen to bear arms in defense of himself or the State shall not be impaired, and Arizona does not in any way restrict the carrying of firearms, either openly or concealed. This new Constitutional Carry law took effect on July 29, 2010 and means any U.S. citizen who is 21 years of age and able to legally own a firearm can carry a gun in the State of Arizona without a permit. If you any questions about any of these gun laws contact quick legal advice.

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Although, even with the new Constitutional Carry law, Arizona does issues permits to carry a concealed weapon. Arizona is a Shall Issue state, meaning a permit must be issued after meeting all requirements for an Arizona Concealed Carry Permit. The Arizona permit allows anyone with the permit to carry a gun in any U.S. state that has reciprocity with Arizona for concealed carry. Any who possess a concealed carry permit is exempt from the national pre-purchase background check.

The following states grant reciprocity to holders of Arizona’s concealed carry permit, allowing them to carry a concealed weapon without any further requirements: Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming. Arizona recognizes concealed carry permits from all U.S. states except Vermont, which neither issues concealed carry permits nor has any laws against carrying concealed weapons.

While it is unlawful to allow minors to possess a firearm without the written consent of the minors legal guardian, Arizona does not require a permit to purchase a gun. No state permit is required to buy, sell, or possess a firearm. Additionally, it is illegal to transfer a firearm to any prohibited possessor defined as anyone who has been convicted of, or is under indictment for, a felony, unless the felony has been vacated or expunged.

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Arizona has a state firearms preemption law, meaning no local government may enact any ordinance, rule or tax which in any way affects firearm purchase, ownership, possession, use, transportation, or transfer of firearms or ammunition. Additionally, no local municipality of the state shall maintain or require any record or database containing any identifying information of anyone who purchases, sells, repairs, consigns or stores any firearm owned by that individual. All Arizona firing ranges are protected by law against nuisance lawsuits for noise pollution.