Arizona Gun Laws

Gun Control Laws in Arizona

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.

State CCW Quick Facts

  • Unrestricted/Shall Issue State gun policy
  • Yes Open Carry Permitted
  • Yes Constitutional Carry
  • Yes Carry In Vehicle
  • Residents/Non-residents License issued to
  • 325,421 Number of Active CCW Permits
  • 37 # of states that honor Arizona license
  • 53 # of state licenses that Arizona honors
  • 5 Years license is valid
  • 60 $ cost of the license
  • 21 Minimum age for license permit

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.

AZ CCW Reciprocity Map

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.

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Arizona Concealed Carry Laws and Permit

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.

CCW Eligibility: Qualify or Pre-Qualify?

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.

Arizona Gun Background Check

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.

CCW Permit Information

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

Application

  1. Determine if you meet the qualifications to obtain a concealed weapons permit.
  2. You are required to read Arizona Statute Title 13, chapters 4 and 13.
  3. Complete a firearms safety training course.
  4. You will need to contact the Concealed Weapons Permit Unit, via email to request an application packet (fill in form on left side of window) which contains an application, two fingerprint cards and a return envelope.
  5. Return the application with two sets of fingerprints, proof of training and the fee.
  6. You will be notified by mail if your application has been approved.

Renewal

  • Around 90 days before a permits expiry date a renewal packet will be sent to the address on record.
  • Permits can be renewed within 90 days before or 60 days after the expiry date.
  • If the permit has expired for more than 60 days a new application process will need to be started.
  • If you do not receive the packet please print off a renewal application from our forms section.
  • The renewal application with fee will need to be mailed to; AZ DPS-CWPU P.O. Box 6488 Phoenix, AZ 85005-6488 Attn: Renewal.
  • Renewal applications can also be dropped off at the following office between 8am – 5pm. DPS Public Service Center building 2222 W. Encanto Blvd. Phoenix
  • Note: You are required to inform the CWPU of any address or phone number change within 10 days. Use the change of address form located in the forms section on this page.

Arizona CCW License Fee information

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

Places Where You Can & Can’t Carry a Gun in Arizona

Allowed Forbidden
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

Arizona CCW Contact

Arizona Bureau of Firearms

Hours

Monday – Friday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed

Contact

Address: Arizona Department of Public Safety
Public Service Center
2222 W. Encanto Blvd
City: Phoenix, AZ 85009
Phone: (602) 256-6280
(800) 256-6280

CCW Licensing Offices in Arizona

Arizona Department of Public Safety Concealed Weapon Permit Unit

Office Address
Physical Address: 2222 W. Encanto Blvd. Phoenix, AZ 85009 Mailing Address: Concealed Weapons Permit Unit P.O. Box 6488 Phoenix, AZ 85005

Phone
(602) 256-6280

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