Arizona Gun Laws / Motorcyclist

ARIZONA CONCEALED CARRY / Carrying A Concealed Weapon (CCW) 13-3112 [Source]
Motorcyclist in the State of Arizona has been a "SHALL-ISSUE" state since July 29, 2010, people 21 and older have been able to carry a concealed weapon without a permit in Arizona except in bars and restaurants that sell alcohol. Although the law does not require permits in most cases, some people still apply for them. A new law tweaks the permitting process by reducing some of the requirements for instructors and permit-holders.  The authority in charge of concealed carry in Arizona is the Arizona Department of Public Safety [Source]. 

Motorcyclist a SHALL-ISSUE jurisdiction is one that mandates a permit to carry a concealed handgun. The granting of such permits is subject to meeting determinate criteria as per the law. Basically a granting authority has no discretion in awarding permits and there is no requirement of the applicant to demonstrate "good cause" for the request. (see below)

ARIZONA HONORS PERMIT FROM THE FOLLOWING STATES:
Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, New York City, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming.

ARIZONA RESIDENT PERMIT HONORED IN THE FOLLOWING STATES:
Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming.

ARIZONA NON-RESIDENT PERMIT HONORED IN 
Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Delaware, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming.

ARIZONA STAND YOUR GROUND LAW (Yes) SB 1145 [source]
Motorcyclist in the State of Ariizona law allows for justifiable use of force including deadly forceif one reasonably believes that their life, anothers or home or vehicle are in imminent peril of injury or death.  Always check self defense law specifics in states that have them.  Stand you’re Ground Laws typically remove the duty to retreat through judicial interpretation of that states self defense laws when defending yourself against imminent threats prior to the use of deadly force.  The Castle Doctrine or Habitation Defense Laws apply only to home or other real property.  Then there are the Duty to Retreat Laws that are in several states.  This simply means if you can escape harm or death use of deadly force is not allowed unless you are facing serious harm, cornered or held down.

 

 

 

"OPT-OUT" STATES ("Gun-Free Zones")
Motorcyclist passing through Arizona, Arkansas, Connecticut, Illinois, Kansas, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and Wisconsin must be aware these are considered “OPT OUT” States. The law is these states allow businesses to post a sign, (signage that meets state law) prohibiting concealed carry on said premises. Business owners also have a verbal right to alert you to their wishes while in their place of business.  Obviously you may be subject to varying levels of criminal prosecution depending on individual state laws if you choose to violate the said request.

NATIONAL PARK CARRY NPS Organic Act [Source]
Motorcyclist traveling through National Parks should know that on May 22, 2009, President Barack Obama signed H.R. 627 [Source], the "Credit Card Accountability Responsibility and Disclosure Act of 2009," into law. The bill contained an amendment introduced by Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) that prohibits the Secretary of the Interior from enacting or enforcing any regulations that restrict possession of firearms in National Parks or Wildlife Refuges, as long as the person complies with laws of the state in which the unit is found.  This provision was supported by the National Rifle Association and opposed by the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, the National Parks Conservation Association, and the Coalition of National Park Service Retirees, among other organizations.  As of February 2010 concealed handguns are for the first time legal in all but 3 of the nation's 391 national parks and wildlife refuges so long as all applicable federal, state, and local regulations are adhered to.  Hawaii is a notable exception. Concealed and open carry are both not legal in Hawaii unless you are a retired military or law enforcement. Previously firearms were allowed into parks non-concealed and unloaded.

Motorcyclist can travel through any national park with possession of a firearm as long as the possession is compliant with the laws of the State in which the national park area is located. Keep in mind Federal Statute 18 USC 930 [Source] prohibits firearms or other dangerous weapons within a Federal facility. In national parks, such facilities may include visitor centers, administrative offices, and/or maintenance buildings. Any such facilities will be clearly marked with signs at all public entrances. For more information about national parks, and park-specific regulations, visit http://www.nps.gov/findapark/index.htm and search by park name, location (state), activity, or topic.

PENALTIES FOR CARRYING ILLEGALLY Title 18 §921 Chap 44 [Source]
Motorcyclist it is important for license holders to understand that when you are traveling in or through another state, the license holder is subject to the firearm laws of the state. In the United States no convicted felon may purchase, transfer, or otherwise be in the possession of any firearm.  Illegally concealing a handgun is a felony in many states therefore conviction of such a crime would automatically result in the forfeiture of a citizen's gun rights for life nationwide.  Additional state penalties for unlawful carry of a concealed firearm can be severe with punishments including expensive fines, extended jail time, loss of voting rights, and even passport cancelation.  A federal penalty of ten years in prison has been enacted for those found to be in possession of either firearms or ammunition while subject to a protection or restraining order.

RESTRICTED AREAS 
Motorcyclist possessing a concealed carry permit allows the permit holder to carry a concealed weapon in public. State law, however; {can|may| restrict carry of a firearm including a permitted concealed weapon while in or on certain properties, facilities or types of businesses that are otherwise open to the public such as schools that are protected by the Federal Gun Free School Zones Act. These areas vary by State and may be questionable at times but shouldn't be by Motorcyclist must be aware of.  These are and not limited to Federal government Facilities, State Government Facilities, Educational Institutions, Hospitals, Mass Transit and the list does go on.  Need specific information: 18 U.S. Code § 930

ARIZONA MOTORCYCLE GUN TRANSPORTATION
Motorcyclist in the State of Arizona anyone over the age of 21 who may be in legal possession of a firearm may transport loaded firearms concealed or openly where it is legal to do so. Contact Information: Arizona Department of Public Safety Attn: Concealed Weapons Permit Unit P.O. Box 6488 Phoenix, Arizona 85005 Phone: (602) 256-6280 and (800) 256-6280.

INTERSTATE TRANSPORTATION OF FIREARMS Title 18 U.S.C. section 926A [Source]
Motorcyclist traveling from state to state should be know that not withstanding any other provision of any law or any rule or regulation of a State or any political subdivision thereof, any person who is not otherwise prohibited from transporting, shipping, or receiving a firearm shall be entitled to transport a firearm for any lawful purpose from any place where he or she may lawfully possess and carry such firearm to any other place where he or she may lawfully possess and carry such firearm if, during such transportation the firearm is unloaded, and neither the firearm nor any ammunition being transported is readily accessible or is directly accessible from the passenger compartment, saddlebag, front or side pouch of such transporting motorcycle / vehicle: Provided that in the case of a motorcycle / vehicle without a compartment separate from the driver's compartment the firearm or ammunition shall be contained in a locked container other than the compartments previously stated. 18 USC § 926C - Carrying of concealed firearms by qualified retired law enforcement officers [Source]

 

 

 

ARIZONA OPEN CARRY LAW 4-229 [Source]
On foot, any adult person who is not a "prohibited possessor" may openly carry a loaded firearm visible to others in a belt holster, gun case or scabbard. Generally, a person must be at least 18 years of age to possess or openly carry a firearm. However, this does not apply to:
*Juveniles within a private residence.
*Emancipated juveniles.
*Juveniles accompanied by a parent, grandparent or guardian, or a certified hunter safety instructor or certified firearms safety instructor acting with the consent of the juvenile's parent or guardian.
*Juveniles on private property owned or leased by the juvenile or the juvenile's parent, grandparent, or guardian.
*Juveniles fourteen years of age and up engaged in any of the following activities:
a.)Lawful hunting or shooting events or marksmanship practice at established ranges or other areas where the discharge of a firearm is not prohibited.
b.) Lawful transportation of an unloaded firearm for lawful hunting.
c.)Lawful transportation of an unloaded firearm between the hours of 5:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. for shooting events or marksmanship practice at established ranges or other areas where the discharge of a firearm isn't prohibited.
d.)Activities that require a firearm related to the production of crops, livestock, poultry, livestock products,poultry products, or in the production or storage of agricultural commodities.

Under Arizona law, it is legal for an adult who isn't a prohibited possessor to openly carry a loaded, partially or wholly visible handgun or revolver in a belt or shoulder holster or gun scabbard in public without restriction (except in public buildings, airports, and private businesses or property posted with "No Firearms Allowed" signs). However, the firearm may not be brandished, carried around in the hand, unholstered, or otherwise displayed in public unless the owner is threatened with physical injury.

STATE PREEMPTION
Motorcyclist the State of Arizona legislature has largely preempted political subdivisions (counties, cities) from passing their own firearms laws. Political subdivisions may regulate the carrying of weapons by juveniles or by their own employees or contractors when such employees or contractors are acting within the course and scope of their employment or contract. Public establishments and events where carry by non-permit holders is prohibited must provide secure storage for weapons on-site, which must be readily accessible upon entry and allow for immediate retrieval upon exit.

TRIBAL LAW National Indian Law Library (Review Tribal Codes) [Source]
Motorcyclist Native American reservations, which comprise over a quarter of the land area of the state, may have gun laws identical to or more restrictive than state law. Some tribal governments in Arizona may not recognize Arizona law on the concealed carrying of firearms without a permit while on tribal land. All Arizona tribes recognize federal law, including the "safe passage" provision of the federal Firearm Owners Protection Act Act (FOPA). FOPA provides that, notwithstanding any state, tribal, or local law, and while making a continuous journey, a person who isn't a prohibited possessor is entitled to transport a firearm or ammunition for any lawful purpose from any place where he may lawfully possess and carry such firearm to any other place where he may lawfully possess and carry such firearm or ammunition if, during such transportation the firearm is unloaded, and neither the firearm nor any ammunition being transported is readily accessible or is directly accessible from the passenger compartment of such transporting vehicle. In vehicles without a trunk, the unloaded firearm or ammunition must be in a locked container other than the glove compartment or console.  Recent U.S. Court of Appellate rulings have confirmed that FOPA`s protections only apply to unloaded firearms not readily accessible to the traveler, and many tribal governments have strict laws with respect to firearms being carried or transported on tribal lands. For instance, in the event of a vehicle stop, Navajo Nation police will seize any loaded firearm found to be accessible to the driver or passenger.and confiscated firearms are not returnable unless the owner can establish proof of ownership of the firearm and ammunition by presenting a bill of sale or other evidence at the police station at a later date.

 

 

 

(AZ) RECIPROCITY INFO
Motorcyclist, due to the time to time change in Gun Reciprocity Law from state to state and in certain states down to a municipal level always contact the State Attorney General or State Agency with the charge of Concealed Carry, Constitutional Carry or Open Carry Laws for the most up to date information.  Please note many sites post Reciprocity Information that is not current.  Protect yourself during your travels by acquiring the most current information and know the LAW!  Arizona Reciprocity

ARIZONA OFFICE OF THE STATE ATTORNEY GENERAL
Phoenix Office
1275 West Washington Street
Phoenix, AZ 85007-2926
602.542.5025
800.352.8431
Fax 602.542.4085
Arizona AG
Arizona Concealed Weapons

Many jurisdictions have established arrangements where they recognize or honor permits or licenses issued by other jurisdictions with comparable standards, for instance in regard to marriage or driver's licenses. This is known as Reciprocity and is based on U.S. Constitution "full faith and credit" provision Article 4 Sec1 [Source]. Due to the nature of gun politics reciprocity in regard to weapons carry permits or licenses has been controversial and is a state of constant flux.

STATES THAT HAVE A SHALL ISSUE TO RESIDENTS ONLY LAW:
Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Vermont, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming
STATES THAT HAVE A SHALL ISSUE TO RESIDENTS AND NON-RESIDENTS LAW:
Arizona, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Minnesota, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington
STATES THAT HAVE A MAY ISSUE TO RESIDENTS ONLY LAW:
California, Delaware, District of Columbia, Hawaii, New York City
STATES THAT HAVE A MAY ISSUE TO RESIDENTS AND NON-RESIDENTS LAW:
Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York
NOTE: Concealed Carry Right Denied in (DC) District of Columbia

ARIZONA DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY
P.O. Box 6638
Phoenix, Az. 85005
Highway Patrol 602-223-2000
Accident Reports 602-223-2230
Tucson Highway Patrol 520-746-4500
Flagstaff Highway Patrol 928-773-3600
Arizona DPS
Arizona Concealed Weapons

BIKERZWORLD.COM offers State of Arizona Gun Laws to inform Motorcyclists traveling in state, cross state and internationally through Arizona Gun Laws that have the best chance of being enforced by State and Local Authorities such as Arizona Concealed Carry Law and Arizona Motorcycle Gun Transportation Law.  The above information must not be construed as a complete list of all the State of Arizona Gun Laws as they are reviewed annually and are subject to addition or modification.  If you have been charged with the illegal possession of a gun, or have been accused of a firearms-related crime in this state seek advice from an Arizona Criminal Defense Attorney specializing in Arizona Gun Laws and Arizona Motorcyclist Rights.