Arizona Gun Laws
Arizona State Gun And Self-Defense Laws: YOU MUST ABIDE WITH ALL LAWS: STATE, FEDERAL AND LOCAL. Always Consult An Attorney
|Rifles & Shotguns||Handguns|
|Permit to Purchase||NO||NO|
|Registration of Firearms||NO||NO|
|Licensing of Owners||NO||NO|
|Permit to Carry||NO||NO*|
* Arizona respects the right of all U.S. citizens to carry a concealed handgun with or without a permit, or to carry openly while in this state. An Arizona resident permit can be obtained for the purposes of carrying concealed while in other states that offer recognition or reciprocity.
|Duty to retreat before using Deadly force outside of Special Places||No, but when threatened with forcible felonies as listed in the next column.|
|Crimes Justifying use of Deadly Force outside of Special Places||Forcible felonies; Arson of occupied structure, 1st and 2nd degree burglary, kidnapping, murder, manslaughter, sexual assault, sexual conduct with a minor child, Molestation, armed robbery, aggravated assault|
|Duty to Retreat when occupying special Places - Special places Mentioned in Statute such as Home, Workplace, Occupied Vehicle||No - Need not retreat from threat of death, serious physical injury or forcible removal from residential structure or occupied vehicle|
|Presumption of Reasonableness in Special Places - Unlawful Acts justifying use of Deadly Force in Special Places||YES|
|Immunity from Civil liability||YES|
|Notable Provisions of this State's Self-Defense Law||N/A|
How to obtain a Concealed Carry Permit in Arizona
- Be a resident of this state or a United States citizen;
- Be twenty-one years of age or older;
- Not be under indictment for a felony offense;
- Not be convicted of a felony offense, unless the conviction has been expunged, set aside, vacated or pardoned, or the individual’s right to possess firearms has be restored AND the individual must not be a prohibited possessor under state or federal law.
- Not suffer from mental illness and been adjudicated mentally incompetent or committed to a mental institution;
- Not be unlawfully present in the United States;
- Complete a firearms safety training program pursuant to ARS §13-3112.N.
Obtaining a Permit
- Determine whether you meet the qualifications to obtain a concealed weapon permit.
- Review the provisions contained in Arizona Revised Statute Title 13, chapters 4 and 31 which are available on the Arizona State Legislature website utilizing the following link: Click Here
- Contact the Concealed Weapons Permit Unit to request an application packet which contains an application, two fingerprint cards and a return envelope. We provide individual application packets, if you need more than one, please let us know. When requesting an application packet for a New Permit, please email your request, include your mailing address in the following format:
Your Name PO Box 1234 Anytown, AZ 80808 OR Your Name 1234 Weapons Street Anytown, IL 80808
Click here to contact the Concealed Weapons Permit Unit by e-mail.