The state, not local government controls Arizona's non-restrictive gun laws. Any resident who is 21 years or older can open or concealed carry without a permit. Like the state of Alaska, Arizona honors the “Constitutional Carry” law and their constitution states “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.” Arizona is, however, a “Shall Issue” state for reciprocity reasons. Automatic weapons and sawed-off shotguns are illegal to possess in Arizona. There is no waiting period to get a gun in Arizona, and gun dealers have only to perform the FBI background check before selling to a resident of the state. However, anyone with a mental illness or felony conviction cannot buy firearms in Arizona.
Arizona’s policy is Unrestricted/Shall Issue in practice and its license is issued to residents. You can carry a handgun in: state parks, state and national forests, road side rest areas, vehicle, school property, if you are an adult in a vehicle and the firearm is unloaded before entering school grounds, all areas of the state not listed as forbidden.
The following thirty-seven states honor Arizona’s carry permits: 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, and Wyoming. Arizona supports fifty-three states and territory gun permits for 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, and Wyoming, The District of Columbia, New York City, Guam, and Puerto Rico. Only these thirteen states refuse to accept an Arizona gun permit: California, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, and Washington.
Arizona allows open carry and concealed carry without a permit. However, for reciprocity and traveling to other states, they will issue you a carry permit to take with you. As long as you are 21 or older, you can have a loaded, concealed weapon in your car. If you are younger than 21, the gun must be in plain view. You can bring your concealed weapon into a place that serves alcohol like bars or restaurants but only if you have a permit. Otherwise, it is illegal. You can open carry a weapon if you are 18 or older. You have no legal obligation to inform an officer that you are carrying. You may freely visit state parks and wildlife preserves with your firearm. You must observe all “No Weapons” signs, or there will be legal consequences if you do not.
Although you don’t need a permit to open or concealed carry, you may need one if you are traveling to another state and want to bring your gun. To obtain a license, you must be at least 21 years old. You must be a resident of Arizona and a legal citizen of the U.S. You have to have proof of completing a firearm safety course. You cannot have any felony convictions or current charges against you, and you cannot be diagnosed with a mental illness or have any physical disability that would hinder your ability to hold or use a firearm.
When purchasing a firearm in Arizona, there are no state laws about having to undergo a background check. However, dealers must comply with federal law and contact the FBI for a federal background check. They must also collect a copy of your ID and your signature. If you are found to have any felonies or mental illness, you will not be able to purchase a gun in Arizona. The background check will be performed through the NCIS system created for this purpose. The only exception to this is people who are NCIS-Exempt and already have a license to purchase.
|Permit type||Fees when getting a new permit||Renewal||Current license amendment||Fingerprint scan fee||Fee for firearm classes||Additional state fees|
|Concealed weapons permit (handguns)||$60.00||$43.00||$10.00||$139.00|
|State parks||Liquor retailer who has posted a sign prohibiting weapons|
|State and national forests||The grounds of any school|
|Road side rest areas||Correctional facilities|
|Vehicle||Nuclear or hydroelectric generating stations|
|School property||Any establishment or event open to the public|
|If you are an adult in a vehicle and the firearm is unloaded before entering school grounds||Any place where the carrying of firearms is prohibited by Federal Law|
|All areas of the state not listed as Forbidden|
|Monday – Friday:||8:00 am - 5:00 pm|
|Address:||Arizona Department of Public Safety|
Public Service Center
2222 W. Encanto Blvd
|City:||Phoenix, AZ 85009|
Physical Address: 2222 W. Encanto Blvd. Phoenix, AZ 85009 Mailing Address: Concealed Weapons Permit Unit P.O. Box 6488 Phoenix, AZ 85005