Concealed Carry Reciprocity and Other Concealed Carry Laws in Arizona

6 Jun

Most of the laws regarding carrying concealed weapons (ccw) including concealed carry reciprocityhave been in effect in Arizona for several years, with the most recent update occurring in 2009.

Map of USA states as regards their status for ...

Map of USA states as regards their status for Concealed firearm carry (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Arizona’s concealed carry laws are pretty liberal, allowing state residents and any US citizen to get a permit to carry a concealed handgun. With the Arizona permit in hand, the licensee may choose to carry either concealed or openly.

Arizona will honor concealed weapons permits issued by many other states, a process referred to as concealed carry reciprocity. Arizona is mandated to recognize valid permits issued by any other state as long as certain criteria are met during the permitting process. Since some states require a special written agreement in order to establish ccw reciprocity, the Arizona mandate allows for these written agreements. This gives Arizona a broad band of states with which they have concealed carry reciprocity. In order for a permit to be recognized, the permit holder must be legally present in Arizona and must not be legally prohibited from possessing a firearm in Arizona. Additionally, the permit holder must be at least twenty-one years old and must not be under indictment for, or convicted of, a felony offense.

Arizona residents can also take advantage of concealed carry reciprocity and use their permit in numerous other states across the country. Since the laws of the state one is in, as opposed to those of the state which issued the permit, take precedence, it is always wise to review the state’s laws and verify there have been no changes to reciprocity agreements prior to traveling across state lines.

Most states recognize the Arizona concealed weapons permit. Only fourteen states do not recognize the Arizona permit as a result of concealed carry reciprocity. Some states however, will only honor the permit issued to Arizona residents.

If you are planning on getting a concealed weapons permit in Arizona, either as a resident or non-resident, be aware that it can take up to 60 days for the various checks to be conducted. If you are moving to Arizona and already have a permit from your home state, you may be able to continue to use that permit because of concealed carry reciprocity even after you have taken up residence in Arizona. It is advisable to contact the Arizona Concealed Weapons Permit Unit to determine if your permit is transferable, or if you should just use your existing permit until it expires.

Arizona, like most states, has restrictions on where you may carry concealed handguns. Unlike some states, under Arizona law a permit holder is allowed to bring their concealed weapon into an establishment that serves alcoholic beverages, as long as they refrain from consuming alcohol and the business does not have any posted signs prohibiting firearms. That being said, Arizona concealed carry laws do allow for a business to prohibit firearms from their premises whether they post signs or not, so it is possible for a business to request that an individual with a valid ccw permit leave the establishment. These are important regulations for any permit holder to be aware of, especially for travelers relying on concealed carry reciprocity.

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