Arizona Gun Laws

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

 General Eligibility

Applicants must:

  • 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

Applicant Instructions

  1. Determine whether you meet the qualifications to obtain a concealed weapon permit.
  2. 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
  3. 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.