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Summary of Arizona Gun Laws

Arizona is a shall-issue state with concealed weapons permits issued at the state level by the Department of Public Safety. 

There is no permit, background check or firearms registration required when buying a handgun from a private individual. A purchaser must be at least 18 years old to buy a gun from a private individual. The minimum age to purchase a handgun from a federally licensed dealer is 21.

Open carry is legal in Arizona for any person who is at least 18 years old and who can legally possess a firearm. Some areas are off-limits, including schools and liquor stores that have posted “no weapons” signs.  

Anyone at least 21 years old may conceal carry a firearm without a permit. Arizona Concealed Weapons Permits (CWP) are issued to residents and non-residents and require a firearms training course that has been state-approved. 

Arizona is a Castle Doctrine state. There is no duty to retreat before defending yourself in Arizona. If you’re not engaged in an unlawful act and you’re in a place you have a right to be, you don’t have to retreat when someone threatens or assaults you. Nevertheless, you can only use proportional and reasonable force when immediately necessary to protect against potentially deadly force. Deadly force is not permitted to prevent theft or vandalism except when deadly force would otherwise be justified. There is no civil liability for justified conduct.