The United States Constitution’s Second Amendment states that the
peoples’ right to bear arms shall not be infringed. Arizona is often
applauded or criticized, depending on your point of view, for staying
true to the word of the Constitution and allowing gun owners a fair amount
of freedom. Compared to most other states, Arizona is incredibly lenient
when it comes to gun law restrictions.
For the most part, any law-abiding citizen and resident of Arizona over
the age of 21 can possess a firearm. Pistols, shotguns, and most rifles
are permitted, and indeed no permit is required to purchase them. Additionally,
permits to carry or concealed carry permits are also not necessary for
any legal weapon type. There is not even a mandatory registration of firearms
if the weapon never leaves the state.
Restrictions, Limitations & Illegalities
At a glance, it might seem like a gun owner in Arizona can do whatever
they like with their weapons, but this is not the case. There are numerous
legal restrictions that can constitute a misdemeanor or high level felony
if they are violated.
Some of the groundwork laws and violations you should know include:
- If you have a concealed firearm in your vehicle, you must tell any law
enforcement officer who pulls you over or detains you about it. Firearms
kept in storage compartments within the vehicle, or that are in plain
sight, do not need to be disclosed.
- In most circumstances, you may never bring a firearm onto school grounds.
Exceptions include storing an unloaded weapon in your vehicle, which is
brought onto school grounds, or bringing a gun to the school for a firearms
- Special gun permits are required to bring a concealed firearm onto any
premise that serves alcohol to patrons, including bars, restaurants, and
- Convicted felons may possess or carry a gun, but only after their sentencing
requirements have been completed.
Anyone who has had their right to bear arms revoked by the law may not
carry a firearm at any time. Revocation may occur after conviction for certain
violent crimes or
weapons crimes, or if someone is deemed a danger to themselves.
- Burst-fire weapons, sawed-off rifles and shotguns, and firearm silencers
or mufflers are strictly illegal.
If you have been arrested for any sort of gun crime in Arizona, the first
thing you need to do is think about how you will defend yourself. Despite
the leniency in the law, penalties for violations can still be incredibly
harsh, including years in prison, thousands in fines, and the loss of
your right to carry a gun.
Contact our Mesa criminal defense attorneys at Naegle & Crider PLC today to
learn how we can stand up for your rights and push back the criminal justice
system that is bearing down on you.