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Arizona Gun Laws

As a Constitutional Carry state, Arizona has some of the most permissive gun laws in the nation. Its concealed weapons permitting requirement has been repealed, and now any person over 21 may carry a loaded concealed firearm without a license. Local governments may not pass laws infringing on the 2nd Amendment rights of citizens. There are very few hardware or ammunition restrictions, and Arizona does not enforce Universal Background Checks. This lack of formal regulation makes Arizona one of the most gun-friendly states in the nation.

Arizona Gun Laws at a Glance

Concealed Carry Premit Required No
Open Carry Premitted Yes
Waiting period before purchasing No
Lost and Stolen Firearm Reporting No
Firearms License Required for Purchasing No
Universal Background Check No
Firearm Registration No
Large Capacity Magazine Ban No

Firearm License Requirements

Arizona does not require gun owners to obtain any kind of license.

Background Checks

Transferees are only required to go through a background check when buying from a dealer or gun store.

If purchasing the gun through a private transfer, the purchaser can avoid the background check entirely. As well, if the purchaser has a concealed carry permit, he or she can simply present the permit instead of going through the background check.

Gun Shows

Arizona does not regulate gun shows.

Hardware and Ammunition Restrictions

Hardware Restrictions
Assault Weapons No restrictions
50 Caliber Rifles No restrictions
Machine Guns Machine guns are prohibited unless licensed in accordance with federal law.
Large Capacity Magazines No restrictions
Ammunition Arizona law prohibits anyone from giving or selling ammunition to anyone under the age of 18.

Prohibited Persons

You may not purchase a firearm in Arizona if:

  • You have legally been declared a danger to yourself or those around you by a court of law.
  • You have been convicted of a felony relating to the possession or use of a weapon.
  • You are on probation or house arrest.
  • You are on any type of release for domestic violence or felony violence.
  • You are in jail.
  • Were adjudicated as delinquent for any of the following offenses: first or second-degree burglary, arson, murder, manslaughter, kidnapping, robbery, aggravated assault, sexual assault, or any felony involving the use, threatening, or showing of a deadly weapon.

Prohibited Places

Location Restrictions Exceptions
Schools Arizona law prohibits the possession of a firearm on the grounds of any public or nonpublic kindergarten program, common school, or high school. Firearms permitted for use in a school function or when approved by school officials.
Vehicles Arizona allows the possession of handguns in vehicles if you are 21 or older and legally allowed to own a firearm. None.

Arizona law also prohibits firearms:

  • In polling places on the day of an election
  • In nuclear or hydroelectric generating stations
  • In any public establishment after a reasonable request to remove the weapon
  • On the grounds of any jail, correctional facility, or secure care facility

Concealed Carry Laws

Notify Officer No
“No Gun” Signs Yes
In-Vehicle Carry Permitted
Restaurant Carry Permitted
State Park Carry Permitted

Obtaining a Concealed Carry License

In Arizona, you do not need a permit of any kind to concealed carry a handgun, as long as you meet the following requirements:

  • You are 21 or older.
  • You are not prohibited from owning a firearm in Arizona.
Requirements for a Concealed Carry License
Applicants for concealed carry licenses in Arizona must:
  • Be at least 21 years old (or 19 for active military and veterans).
  • Be a resident of Arizona or a US citizen
  • Be legally present in the United States
  • Have completed an approved firearms safety and training class
  • Have no currently pending charges
  • Not be under indictment or have been convicted of a felony
  • Not suffer from mental illness
  • Not have been adjudicated to be mentally incompetent
  • Not have been committed to a mental institution
  • Meet all federal law requirements

Concealed Carry Firearms Training

An applicant for a concealed carry license may demonstrate proficiency with a firearm through any of the following:

  • Completion of any firearms safety or training course that is available to the general public and offered by a law enforcement agency, junior college, college, or a private or public institution, academy, organization, or firearms training school. This course must be approved by the department of public safety or use instructors who are certified by the National Rifle Association.
  • Completion of any hunter education course
  • Completion of any NRA firearms course
  • Completion of any law enforcement safety or training course that is offered by for law enforcement or security personnel
  • Evidence of military service with honorable discharge or general discharge under honorable conditions
  • Possession of a valid or expired concealed weapon permit issued by any state that has training or testing requirements

Concealed Carry Location Restrictions

Even with a valid concealed carry license, you may not possess any concealed firearms at, on, or in:

  • The grounds of any public school
  • Any establishment or event where the operator makes a reasonable request that you do not carry concealed weapons
  • Polling places on election day
  • Nuclear or hydroelectric generating stations
  • Any public college or university where the carrying of deadly weapons has been prohibited by a governing board
  • Any of the three Arizona State Universities (except in a locked and privately owned motor vehicle)
  • The premises on an on-sale liquor retailer while consuming alcohol, or where the retailer has posted a sign prohibiting weapons
  • Correctional facilities
  • Indian reservations
  • Game preserves
  • Secure areas of airports
  • Any place where federal or state law prohibits firearms

Disclaimer: While the information provided here is legal in nature, it is not to be construed as legal advice, and is for educational and entertainment purposes only.