Carrying a concealed weapon is not for everyone, but there are a number
of reasons why people believe that it’s wise to carry. For one,
the Second Amendment of the Bill of Rights protects Americans’ right
to bear arms.
As a citizen of this great nation, you have the inborn right to own, possess
and carry a concealed weapon. Some reasons to carry, include:
- To protect yourself
- To protect your family
- To protect your co-workers
- To protect the people around you
- To protect yourself if you are elderly or disabled
- To reap the benefits of training on weapons
- To be more alert and aware of your surroundings
Regardless of your reason for carrying, statistics have proven that concealed
weapons save lives. We all know that dangerous people prefer to go after
easy targets. If you fight back with a gun, your chances of survival are
What the Law Says About Concealed Weapons
Under Arizona Revised Statutes 13-3112, if you receive a concealed weapon
permit, you are required to carry the permit with you at all times while
carrying. If you possess a concealed weapon, you are required to show
the permit to a law enforcement officer whenever he or she requests to see it.
What if you are arrested or indicted for a criminal offense, can you still
carry a concealed weapon? It depends.
Under Arizona law, if you have a concealed weapons permit and you are arrested
or indicted for an offense that categorizes you as a “prohibited
Section 13-3101, you would be disqualified from carrying a concealed weapon, and your
permit would be suspended and seized.
If you are convicted of the offense, your permit would be revoked. If you
wish to have your permit restored, you will have to submit documentation
from the county attorney showing that your charges were dismissed or dropped.
Prohibited possessors, include:
- Undocumented aliens
- People who are dangerous to themselves or others
- Someone who has been convicted of a felony
- Someone whose civil rights to carry a gun have been removed
- Someone serving time in prison, or a detention or correctional facility
- Someone who is on probation for domestic violence
If an individual carries a concealed weapon but fails to present their
permit to a law enforcement officer, they face a maximum civil penalty
of $300, and the Department of Public Safety will receive notice and suspend
If the person is able to later produce their permit in court, they will
not be convicted of a violation. Additionally, if the law enforcement
confiscates the person’s weapon and they later furnish the permit
to the court, their weapon will be returned.
Do you need further information about permits, prohibited possessors or
weapons offenses in Phoenix? If so,
contact the Law Offices of Joshua S. Davidson, PLC for a free consultation!