How does Arizona law work? Can you carry openly with or without a license but only concealed if you have a license? Or you can only carry openly, and openly only, if you have a license
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October 11, 2006, 02:43 PM
I'm a loooong time lurker here at TheHighRoad who has emerged from lurkerdom to respond to your question.
AZ is an "open carry" state, which means that as long as the weapon is legal to own and is visible, you can walk down the street with it on your person.
AZ is also a "shall issue" state. Our "permits" are referred to as CCWs (concealed carry weapons). If you obtain one of these cards with which the state acknowledges your right to carry any darn weapon any darned way you choose, you can then legally carry your weapon concealed. Our CCWs are not weapon specific -- it does not have to be a particular handgun that you qualified with. Furthermore, it doesn't even refer to a "firearm." Instead, it refers to "weapon." So you can also carry concealed a long-bladed knife or other legal weapon.
Scroll down to Title 13 then click and scroll to Chapter 31. ARS 13-3102 nad 13-3112 willl have most of your answers. The rest of Title 13 Chapter 31 will have other snippets should you wish to poke around.
October 11, 2006, 03:17 PM
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