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Arizona's Concealed Weapons Law

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 much higher.

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 possessor” under 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 their permit.

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!