Arizona carry laws, it's hard to find answers.


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Harve Curry
January 31, 2011, 11:59 AM
Can a US citizen, Non-Resident or part-time resident of Arizona, Carry Concealed without a CCW permit in Arizona?

The new law that passed last April and went into effect in July 2010 it is hard to find a straight answer. Even from CCW course instructors and web searches. Some say you have to be a Arizona resident. Some say if you were legal to carry open , then you are legal to carry with the new Constitutional carry/concealed.
I searched this site and cannot find an answer. Some use the word citizen, some resident. I know that having a CCW allows you to carry into a restaurant that serves liquor as long as you do not drink any. The Constitutional concealed carry does not allow for that. Even on the Az DPS website it is not clear. It should be easy to find the exact language, an official text of the law.
Anyone have the straight up answer?

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NavyLCDR
January 31, 2011, 01:56 PM
You have to remember the way that statutes are written in the US. If an action is illegal there has to be a staute that causes that action to be illegal. Very, very, very few statutes are written that expressly permit specific actions.

What you want to look for is a statute in Arizona that prohibits a non-Arizona resident from carrying a concealed firearm. You will have a hard time finding it, because it doesn't exist. Therefore, due to there being no prohibition in statute against it, it is legal.

kingpin008
January 31, 2011, 01:57 PM
Yes, they can. See handgunlaw.us for the particulars.

armoredman
January 31, 2011, 02:24 PM
The law says "person", not resident. Yes.

GRIZ22
January 31, 2011, 02:43 PM
Can a US citizen, Non-Resident or part-time resident of Arizona, Carry Concealed without a CCW permit in Arizona?


Yes. As in AK or VT. State laws are written and apply to residents and non-residents alike. To take it out of the firearms area, if your state allows you to ride a motorcycle without a helmet and you go into a state that has a helmet law, you better have a helmet. It makes no difference you don't live there or your bike is not registered there you will get a ticket.

As armoredman says you ahve to read the law. If it says "resident" only applies to residents, person means anyone not otehrwise prohibited by the law.

Harve Curry
January 31, 2011, 04:45 PM
OK. I understand A US citizen can now carry concealed in AZ.

I understand that the new law took language out that prohibited carrying concealed. It's just hard to find where this is to read and without seeing the before and after text.Since even AZ CCW instructors can't explain it I guess I'm not the only one.

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