State Laws

Arizona Gun Laws


Arizona Gun Laws
Purchasing firearms in the state of Arizona is not unlike purchasing firearms in any other state. Certain rules apply in order to do so and only certain individuals are allowed to. No permit is required to purchase rifles, shotguns, or handguns in Arizona. No registration is necessary for rifles, shotguns, or handguns. The owners of rifles, shotguns, and handguns do not need to be licensed to own them. No permit is necessary to carry a rifle or a shotgun but a permit is necessary to carry a handgun in Arizona. When purchasing firearms it is illegal to sell or give a firearm or ammunition to a minor without the written consent of his or her parent or legal guardian. Also no Arizona State permit is necessary when purchasing a handgun, shotgun, or rifle. Selling or transferring a firearm to a prohibited possessor is illegal.

Possessing Firearms
Since no Arizona State permit is needed to possess a handgun, shotgun, rifle, it is illegal for a prohibited possessor to possess a firearm. This includes any individual who is found, through court ordering, to be a danger to him or herself or others where court ordered treatment has not yet been terminated. A prohibited possessor can also be any person who has been convicted of a violent felony using a deadly weapon where civil rights are yet to be restored; any individual who is incarcerated; any person serving probation for a domestic violence offense or a felony; any one who has been convicted and under parole, work furlough, community supervision, house arrest, or probation; anyone who was an adjudicated delinquent; or anyone who is an unemancipated minor. In the case of delinquency if an individual carries or possesses a firearm within ten years after release, more severe punishments will be included upon an adult offense.

When participating in marksmanship practice, the transportation of an unloaded firearm between the hours of five in the morning and ten in the evening, or lawful hunting an individual between the ages of fourteen and seventeen is allowed to possess a firearm legally.

Concealed Weapons
A oncealed weapons permit can be obtained after an individual reaches the age of twenty-one. He or she must be a United State citizen, submit fingerprints, and must complete the proper safety regulations to lawfully carry a concealed weapon. All other circumstances for carrying a concealed weapon are illegal.

Restoring Gun Rights
When an individual has been convicted of a serious offense--usually an upper felony class offense or a violent offense--he or she will have his or her gun rights suspended under Arizona Law 13-604. Also under this law an individual may have his or her Second Amendment rights restored after ten years of being discharged from probation or ten years after a release from prison. If the offense is considered a dangerous crime--usually a felony conviction intentionally using a deadly weapon to inflict serious injury on another person--under section 13-604, Second Amendment rights will not be restored under any circumstances. If an offense includes kidnapping, sexual assault, or sexual contact with a minor under the age of fifteen, the right to possess a firearm will not be restored.

See also:
Arizona Bankruptcy
Arizona Divorce
Arizona DUI Laws
Arizona Expungement External link (opens in new window)
Arizona Felony External link (opens in new window)
Arizona Misdemeanor External link (opens in new window)