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Concealed Carry Reciprocity Map & Gun Laws

Carry allowed with my Arizona permit?
No
Yes
Yes, Permitless Carry
Yes, Selected State
338k
Permits Issued
50
STATES HONORED
37
RECIPROCATING STATES
7.2M
STATE POPULATION
21
MINIMUM AGE TO CC
31
ATTORNEYS IN USCCA NETWORK
4.69%
PERMIT PERCENTAGE
5
YEARS PERMIT VALID
69
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Summary of Arizona Gun Laws

Arizona is a shall-issue, constitutional carry state with concealed weapons permits issued at the state level by the Department of Public Safety. 

There is no permit, background check or firearms registration required when buying a handgun from a private individual. A purchaser must be at least 18 years old to buy a gun from a private individual. The minimum age to purchase a handgun from a federally licensed dealer is 21.

Open carry is legal in Arizona for any person who is at least 18 years old and who can legally possess a firearm. Some areas are off-limits, including schools and liquor stores that have posted “no weapons” signs.  

Anyone at least 21 years old who can legally possess a firearm, may concealed carry a firearm without a permit. Arizona Concealed Weapons Permits (CWP) are issued to residents and non-residents and require a firearms training course that has been state-approved. In terms of reciprocity, since Arizona has permitless carry, any person 21 years of age and older who can legally possess a firearm may carry a concealed firearm on his or her person without a license or permit. 

Arizona is a Castle Doctrine state and state laws effectively allow people to stand their ground. There is no duty to retreat before defending yourself in Arizona. If you’re not engaged in an unlawful act and you’re in a place you have a right to be, you don’t have to retreat when someone threatens or assaults you. Nevertheless, you can only use proportional and reasonable force when immediately necessary to protect against potentially deadly force. Deadly force is not permitted to prevent theft or vandalism except when deadly force would otherwise be justified. There is no civil liability for justified conduct.

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Arizona Gun Laws at a Glance

Open Carry/ Concealed Carry Basics

Constitutional Carry?

Does Arizona allow constitutional carry?

Yes.

Open Carry Permitted?

Is open carry permitted in Arizona?

Yes, without a permit.  Any person who is at least 18 years old and legally entitled to carry a firearm can open carry. 

Gun Permit Licensure?

If Arizona requires a permit to carry a concealed firearm, how are those permits issued?

Shall issue.

Minimum Age for Concealed Carry?

What is the minimum age in Arizona to get a concealed carry permit?

21.

Weapons Other Than Handguns Allowed?

Can you concealed carry weapons other than handguns in Arizona with a concealed carry permit (or under permitless carry if applicable)?

1. "Deadly weapon" means anything that is designed for lethal use. The term includes a firearm.

4. "Firearm" means any loaded or unloaded handgun, pistol, revolver, rifle, shotgun or other weapon that will expel, is designed to expel or may readily be converted to expel a projectile by the action of an explosive. Firearm does not include a firearm in permanently inoperable condition.

[Ariz. Rev. Stat. § 13-3101]

Tasers or Stun Guns?

Is it legal to own a taser or stun gun in Arizona?

Yes. Stun guns and Tasers are legal to purchase and possess without a permit. A government issued identification is required for purchase

[ARS 13-3117].

Non-Resident Permitting?

Does Arizona issue concealed carry permits to non-residents?

Yes.

Public Access to Concealed Carry Registry?

Does Arizona allow the public to access concealed carry registry information through public records law?

No, however the information is available to criminal justice agencies.

Carry Locations

Carry in Vehicle?

Can you carry a concealed firearm in a vehicle in Arizona?

Yes, without a permit for anyone that is 21 years old and can legally purchase/own a firearm. Firearms must be in plain view from outside the vehicle for anyone that is under 21 years old.

[Ariz. Rev. Stat. § 13-3102(A)(2) and (H)]

Carry at Roadside Rest Areas?

Can you carry a concealed firearm at roadside rest areas in Arizona?

Yes.

Carry in State/National Parks, State/National Forests and Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs)?

Can you carry a concealed firearm in state/national parks, state/national forests and Wildlife Management Areas in Arizona?

Carry in Restaurants That Serve Alcohol?

Can you carry a firearm in restaurants that serve alcohol in Arizona?

Yes, concealed carry is legal with a permit, unless posted and provided you don’t consume any alcohol.

[Ariz. Rev. Stat. § 4-244(29)(c) and (30)(c)]

Store in a Vehicle in an Employee Parking Lot?

Does Arizona have laws relating to storing firearms in private vehicles in an employee parking lot?

Firearms can legally be carried in a case, holster, scabbard, pack or luggage that is carried within a means of transportation or within a storage compartment, map pocket, trunk or glove compartment of a means of transportation.

A property owner, tenant, public or private employer, or business entity shall not establish, maintain or enforce a policy or rule that prohibits a person who can legally possess a firearm from lawfully transporting or lawfully storing any firearm that is both:

1. In the person's locked and privately owned motor vehicle or in a locked compartment on the person's privately owned motorcycle; and

2. Not visible from the outside of the motor vehicle or motorcycle.

This section does not apply if, in part:

The property owner, tenant, public or private employer or business entity provides a parking lot, parking garage or other area designated for parking motor vehicles, that:

  • Is secured by a fence or other physical barrier;
  • Limits access by a guard or other security measure;
  • Provides temporary and secure firearm storage. The storage shall be monitored and readily accessible on entry into the premises and allow for the immediate retrieval of the firearm on exit from the premises; or
  • Provides alternative parking in a location reasonably proximate to the primary parking area for individuals who desire to transport or store a firearm in the individual's motor vehicle and does not charge an extra fee for such parking.

[Ariz. Rev. Stat. § 12-781]

Additional Related State Laws

Must Notify Officer You're Carrying?

Are you required to notify a police officer that you're carrying a concealed firearm in Arizona?

No, unless the officer asks in which case you must answer truthfully.

[Ariz. Rev. Stat. § 13-3102]

Magazine Limits for Handguns?

Does Arizona have magazine capacity restrictions for handguns?

No.

Ammunition Restrictions?

Does Arizona have ammunition restrictions?

No.

"No Weapons Allowed" Signs Enforced?

Are "No Weapons Allowed" signs enforced in Arizona? If yes, violating the sign would be considered to be a crime. If no, violating the sign would not be considered a criminal offense.

Yes. A person commits misconduct involving weapons by knowingly entering any public establishment, or attending any public event, carrying a deadly weapon on his or her person after a reasonable request by the operator of the establishment, the sponsor of the event or the sponsor's agent to remove his or her weapon and place it in the custody of the operator of the establishment or the sponsor of the event for temporary and secure storage of the weapon pursuant to section 13-3102.01.

Misconduct involving weapons under subsection A ... paragraph 10 or 11 of this section is a class 1 misdemeanor.

[Ariz. Rev. Stat. § 13-3102.]

Preemption?

Does Arizona have preemption laws related to concealed carry (i.e. Does state law supersede local laws regarding the possession of handguns)?

Yes. There is full state preemption of all gun laws. In addition, Section 13-3108 provides that if a court determines a political subdivision has knowingly violated the preemption law, the court may assess a civil penalty of up to $50,000, and if a court determines that a state official enacting a law or rule knowingly violated the preemption law, that person's term may be subject to termination.

[Ariz. Rev. Stat. § 13-3108]

Red Flag Law?

Does Arizona have a red flag law?

No.

Carry While Using Alcohol or Prescription Medication?

Does Arizona have laws regarding carrying a firearm while using alcohol or prescription medication?

No consumption allowed.

[Ariz. Rev. Stat. § 4-244(31)]

As a responsibly armed American, regardless of the laws in your state, it is unwise to carry while under the influence of any substance that could impair your judgement, slow your reaction times or impact your decision-making abilities. Any decision you make while carrying a firearm could have life-altering consequences.

Handgun Purchase & Possession

Purchase Permits?

Is a permit required to purchase a handgun in Arizona?

No.

Background Checks for Private Gun Sales?

Are background checks required for private gun sales in Arizona?

No. It is recommended that you retain any sales receipts to prove ownership of the gun.

Waiting Period?

Is there a waiting period after purchasing a handgun in Arizona?

No.

Handgun Registration?

Do handguns need to be registered in Arizona?

No.

Minimum Age to Possess and Transport?

What is the minimum age to possess and transport a handgun in Arizona?

18 years old.

A. A person who sells or gives to a minor, without written consent of the minor's parent or legal guardian, a firearm, ammunition or a toy pistol by which dangerous and explosive substances may be discharged is guilty of a class 6 felony.

C. The temporary transfer of firearms and ammunition by firearms safety instructors, hunter safety instructors, competition coaches or their assistants shall be allowed if the minor's parent or guardian has given consent for the minor to participate in activities such as firearms or hunting safety courses, firearms competition or training. With the consent of the minor's parent or guardian, the temporary transfer of firearms and ammunition by an adult accompanying minors engaged in hunting or formal or informal target shooting activities shall be allowed for those purposes.

[ARS 13-3109]

Carry While Hunting

Carry While Gun Hunting?

Can you concealed carry while shotgun/rifle hunting in Arizona?

Yes.

A. The possession of legal weapons, devices, ammunition or magazines, which are not authorized to take wildlife, is not prohibited while hunting if the weapon or device is not used to take wildlife.

B. Taking wildlife by using a weapon, device, ammunition or magazine that is not authorized to take wildlife is a class 1 misdemeanor.

[ARS 17-305]

A. Notwithstanding any other provision of this title, any person may take wildlife in self-defense or in defense of another person if it is immediately necessary to protect oneself or to protect the other person. 

[ARS 17-301.01]

Carry While Bow Hunting?

Can you concealed carry while bowhunting in Arizona?

Yes. See references in previous section.

 

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State Constitutional Provision
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."
ARTICLE 2, § 26

Arizona Concealed Carry Reciprocity With Other States

Which states' permits does Arizona honor?

Alabama (if at least 21 years old)
Alaska (if at least 21 years old)
Arkansas (if at least 21 years old)
California (if at least 21 years old)
Colorado (if at least 21 years old)
Connecticut (if at least 21 years old)
Delaware (if at least 21 years old)
District of Columbia (if at least 21 years old)
Florida (if at least 21 years old)
Georgia (if at least 21 years old)
Hawaii (if at least 21 years old)
Idaho (if at least 21 years old)
Illinois (if at least 21 years old)
Indiana (if at least 21 years old)
Iowa (if at least 21 years old)
Kansas (if at least 21 years old)
Kentucky (if at least 21 years old)
Louisiana (if at least 21 years old)
Maine (if at least 21 years old)
Maryland (if at least 21 years old)
Massachusetts (if at least 21 years old)
Michigan (if at least 21 years old)
Minnesota (if at least 21 years old)
Mississippi (if at least 21 years old)
Missouri (if at least 21 years old)
Montana (if at least 21 years old)
Nebraska (if at least 21 years old)
Nevada (if at least 21 years old)
New Hampshire (if at least 21 years old)
New Jersey (if at least 21 years old)
New Mexico (if at least 21 years old)
New York (if at least 21 years old)
New York City (if at least 21 years old)
North Carolina (if at least 21 years old)
North Dakota (if at least 21 years old)
Ohio (if at least 21 years old)
Oklahoma (if at least 21 years old)
Oregon (if at least 21 years old)
Pennsylvania (if at least 21 years old)
Rhode Island (if at least 21 years old)
South Carolina (if at least 21 years old)
South Dakota (if at least 21 years old)
Tennessee (if at least 21 years old)
Texas (if at least 21 years old)
Utah (if at least 21 years old)
Vermont (if at least 21 years old)
Virginia (if at least 21 years old)
Washington (if at least 21 years old)
West Virginia (if at least 21 years old)
Wisconsin (if at least 21 years old)
Wyoming (if at least 21 years old)

Since Arizona has permitless carry, any person who is at least 18 years old who can legally possess a firearm may open carry, and any person at least 21 years old may concealed carry a firearm without a permit. 

Arizona will honor concealed carry permits from all other states’ and political subdivisions.


Other States' Reciprocity With Arizona

Which states honor permits from Arizona?

Arizona residents can carry a concealed defensive firearm in the state of Oklahoma without any type of permit. You must carry your driver's license or state-issued ID when carrying your firearm in Oklahoma.

Note: Firearms must be carried in accordance with the laws of the state you are visiting. Be sure to check the laws of the other state before traveling there with your firearms.


States That Have Restricted Reciprocity with Arizona

Colorado (resident permits only)
Florida (resident permits only)
Michigan (resident permits only)
Pennsylvania (resident permits only)
South Carolina (resident permits only)

Permitless Carry States

Anyone who can legally possess a firearm may carry it concealed in permitless carry states without a permit/license. Check each state’s page for more information and any restrictions that may apply.

Alaska (if at least 21 years old)
Arkansas (if at least 21 years old)
Kansas (if at least 21 years old)
Kentucky (if at least 21 years old)
Maine (if at least 21 years old)
Mississippi (if at least 21 years old)
Missouri (if at least 19 years old)
New Hampshire (if at least 18 years old)
South Dakota (if at least 18 years old)
Vermont (if at least 18 years old)
West Virginia (if at least 21 years old)

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Arizona Concealed Carry Permit Information

Requirements:

An applicant must:

  • Be at least 21 years old or 19 for active military and veterans;
  • Be a resident of Arizona or a U.S. citizen;
  • Not be unlawfully present in the United States;
  • Have completed an approved firearms training class;
  • Have no pending charges;
  • Not be under indictment or not have been convicted of a felony (with some exceptions);
  • Not suffer from mental illness and not have been adjudicated mentally incompetent or committed to a mental institution; and
  • Meet federal law requirements.
Fees:

New Permit  $60
Permit Renewal  $43
Replacement Permit (lost, stolen or name change)  $10

Valid For:

5 years

Processing Time:

75 calendar days

Application:
Non-Resident Concealed Carry Permits:

Arizona doesn't distinguish between resident and non-resident for permits, so the process is the same for everyone. It should be noted that there is no requirement for out-of-state applicants to obtain training in the state of Arizona or apply in person. If the applicant can demonstrate competence with a handgun through one of the approved methods identified in the training requirements section in their home state, they may request an application through email and submit it via the mail.

Name/Address Changes:

For changes of address, name changes or errors, print the Change Name/Address form, complete the appropriate section(s) and mail the form and required fee to the permit unit at the address listed on the form. A replacement permit will be generated and mailed to you.

Lost/Stolen Permits:

You will need to contact your county sheriff to obtain a new permit.


Arizona Concealed Carry Permit Application Process

How to Apply for an Arizona Concealed Carry Permit

Step 1:

Determine if you meet the qualifications to obtain a concealed weapons permit.

Step 2:

You are required to read Arizona Statute Title 13, chapters 4 and 13.

Step 3:

Complete a firearms safety training course.

Step 4:

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.

Step 5:

Return the application with two sets of fingerprints, proof of training and the fee.

Step 6:

You will be notified by mail if your application has been approved.


Firearms Training Requirements in Arizona

An applicant shall demonstrate competence with a firearm through any of the following:

  1. Completion of any firearms safety or training course or class that is available to the general public; that is offered by a law enforcement agency, junior college, college, or a private or public institution, academy, organization or firearms training school; and that is approved by the department of public safety or that uses instructors who are certified by the National Rifle Association (NRA);
  2. Completion of any hunter education or hunter safety course approved by the Arizona Game and Fish Department or a similar agency of another state;
  3. Completion of any NRA firearms safety or training course;
  4. Completion of any law enforcement firearms safety or training course or class that is offered for security guards, investigators, special deputies or other divisions or sub-divisions of law enforcement or security enforcement and that is approved by the Department of Public Safety;
  5. Evidence of current military service or proof of honorable discharge or general discharge under honorable conditions from the United States Armed Forces;
  6. Possession of a valid current or expired concealed weapon, firearm or handgun permit or license that is issued by another state or a political subdivision of another state and that has a training or testing requirement for initial issuance;
  7. Completion of any governmental police agency firearms training course and qualification to carry a firearm in the course of normal police duties; or
  8. Completion of any other firearms safety or training course or class that is conducted by a Department of Public Safety-approved or NRA-certified firearms instructor.

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Arizona Concealed Carry Permit Renewal Process

How to Renew an Arizona Concealed Carry Permit

Step 1:

The Concealed Weapon Permit Unit (CWPU) mails a courtesy renewal packet to customers whose permits are due to expire. The packet is mailed to the address on record approximately 90 days prior to the expiration date. The packet includes a renewal application and pre-addressed return envelope. If you have not received your courtesy renewal packet, you may print the renewal application from this site. Attn: Renewal. If you are unable to print a renewal application call or email the CWPU.

Renewals may be processed between 90 days prior to expiration and 60 days after expiration. If your permit is expired more than 60 days, and you still want to possess a concealed weapons permit, you must apply for a new permit. You may use your expired permit card as proof you have attended the firearms safety training, if it is in good standing.

Step 2:

Complete the renewal application, include the applicable fee and mail them to DPS.

AZ DPS-CWPU
Attn: Renewal
P.O. Box 6488
Phoenix, AZ 85005-6488

You may also drop off your application packet at the DPS Public Service Center building located at 2222 W. Encanto Blvd in Phoenix between the hours of 8:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Please go to the main entrance.

Step 3:

Typically, applications are processed within 75 days of receipt if no additional research is required.


Law Enforcement Officers (LEO)/Retired LEOs

Law enforcement officers (LEOs) and Retired LEOs may choose to carry under the Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act (LEOSA), often referred to as HR 218. Under 18 U.S. Code §§ 926B & 926C, qualified LEOs and qualified retired LEOs, or those separated from service in good standing, can carry a concealed firearm in any jurisdiction in the United States, regardless of state or local laws, with some exceptions. For details, check out our Federal Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act (LEOSA) page.

AZ Rev Stat 13-3112 T indicates the Department of Public Safety (DPS) may issue certificates of firearms proficiency according to the Arizona peace officer standards and training board firearms qualification for the purposes of implementing LEOSA. It requires law enforcement and prosecutorial agencies to issue photographic identification to qualified retired law enforcement officers. The chief law enforcement officer determines whether an officer has honorably retired and the determination is not subject to review. The DPS website contains a list of Certified LEOSA Instructors who are authorized to conduct standard qualification testing in firearms.

AZ Dept of Public Safety LEOSA Qual application


Arizona Location Restrictions

Where Can I Carry a Concealed Firearm in Arizona?
  • Carry in restaurants that serve alcohol? Yes, concealed and open carry is legal with a permit, unless posted, and provided you don’t consume any alcohol. It is illegal to serve or sell alcohol to someone carrying a firearm. 4-244(30)
  • Carry in my vehicle without a permit/license? Yes.
  • Carry in roadside rest areas? Yes.
  • Carry in state parks, state/national forests and WMAs? Yes.
  • Carry in an airport? Yes, in the unsecured areas of the terminal.
  • Carry in places of worship? There is no state statute prohibiting concealed carry in places of worship. However, since places of worship are private property, they may post signs prohibiting firearms.
Where Can't I Carry a Concealed Firearm in Arizona?

Places off-limits even with a permit/license

  • The grounds of any school (handguns inside of vehicles must be unloaded before entering school grounds. If you have to exit your vehicle, the handgun must be unloaded and secured within the vehicle out of plain view);
  • Any public college or university where the carrying of deadly weapons or firearms has been prohibited by the governing board;
  • Liquor retailer who has posted a sign prohibiting weapons;
  • Federal buildings;
  • Polling places on election day;
  • Correctional facilities;
  • Nuclear or hydroelectric generating stations;
  • Military installations;
  • Indian reservations (check with the tribe);
  • Game preserves;
  • Secure areas of airports;
  • Any establishment or event open to the public where the operator makes a reasonable request for you to give him or her custody or remove the weapon from the premises (a sign would qualify for such request. By law, cities and counties are required to offer on-site storage if they ban weapons, but not all are in compliance); and
  • Any place where the carrying of firearms is prohibited by federal law or state law or regulation.

FAQ: Arizona Concealed Carry Questions

What Are the Knife Laws in Arizona?

Most types of knives are legal and can be carried concealed, except bowie knives and anything similar to them. It is illegal to have a bowie knife in a vehicle.


Related Information & Links for Arizona Gun Laws


Arizona Gun Laws Updates:

Date Details
2019-08-29

Added Carry While Hunting info to At A Glance table

2019-08-13

Added anchor links to various sections below the Summary

2019-07-24

Added minimum age to possess and transport a handgun to At A Glance table

2019-05-23

Added stun gun/Taser info to At A Glance table

2019-04-25

Added permit renewal and name/address change info

2019-04-06

Links checked

2019-03-14

Added info on state implementation of Law Enforcement Officer Safety Act (LEOSA)

2019-02-20

Added info and a link to vehicle carry in At A Glance table

2019-02-15

Added pages for Federal Gun Laws, Traveling with Firearms & Terminology

2019-02-09

Added ammunition restrictions to At A Glance table

2019-02-06

Added red flag law info to At A Glance table

2019-02-01

Added info to

2019-01-25

Links checked

2019-01-25

Added church info to location restrictions section

2019-01-24

Added FAQ about alcohol or prescription medication

2019-01-10

Mag limit added to At A Glance table

2018-12-12

Added preemption info to At A Glance table

2018-11-29

Added parking lot info to At A Glance table

2018-11-27

Added Liquor establishment info to Location Restrictions

2018-10-22

Added initial CCW law and reciprocity information for Arizona

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