Weapon & Firearm Laws in Arizona

Weapon & Firearm Laws in Arizona

With the recent controversy over gun laws, many people are wondering what exactly the law in Arizona says about firearms and other types of weapons. The Phoenix criminal defense attorneys at Knowles Law Firm are here to inform and provide legal counsel.

The state of Arizona allows for some open/concealed carry laws. According to the Arizona Revised Statutes § 4-229, 244 and ARS 13-3102, there are some locations where concealed or open carrying of a firearm is never permitted, with the exception of peace officers on those premises. Those locations include:

  • Businesses that serve alcohol (i.e. bars)
  • Polling places
  • K-12 schools
  • Game preserves
  • Airports

This is not a comprehensive list. If you were arrested for carrying a weapon at a location not included on the list above, then contact our firm immediately.

Arizona firearm laws do not require firearm owners to register said firearms with the State. And to prevent local jurisdictions from imposing some type of registration requirement, the ARS § 13-3108 prevents local jurisdictions from requiring registration.

When is it legal and when is it illegal to discharge a firearm in the state of Arizona? The sweeping legislation on this issue is that it is always illegal to discharge a firearm within city limits. However, the state makes some exceptions to this rule.

For example, people who have a permit to control nuisance wildlife. The state also allows the discharge of a firearm for the purpose of self-defense. According to Arizona deadly force laws, if someone believes that they are under threat of criminal attack, they can discharge a weapon.

Arizona also has "prohibited possessor" laws, which apply to individuals who are banned from possessing a firearm. ARS § 13-3102 gives five categories of individuals that are prohibited from possessing a firearm. Those include:

  1. Someone who has been classified as a danger to themselves or to others
  2. Anyone who has been convicted of a felony (felons must request an order of restoration to get their firearm privileges back)
  3. Anyone who is currently serving at a correctional/detention center
  4. Anyone who is currently serving probation for a violent conviction
  5. Undocumented non-citizens (alients and non-immigrants) with some exceptions

Some individuals can request a Concealed Weapons Permit upon approval and payment of a fee. In order to obtain concealed carrier approval, an applicant must be a U.S. citizen and resident of the state of Arizona, 21 years or older, successfully complete a firearms safety training course and not fall into any of the categories detailed in prohibited possessor laws.

Laws are always changing, so if you were arrested for a weapons or firearms offense, trust Knowles Law Firm, PLC's firm grasp on Arizona laws. We use the full extent of the law in your defense, and can fight to defend you if you were arrested and charged with a gun crime or related offense.


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