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Arizona Revised Statutes


If you are applying for an Arizona concealed carry permit, you must review and be knowledgeable of certain statutes. They are the following:



  • 13-401 Unavailability of justification defense; justification as defense
  • 13-402 Justification; execution of public duty
  • 13-403 Justification; use of physical force
  • 13-404 Justification; self-defense
  • 13-405 Justification; use of deadly physical force
  • 13-406 Justification; defense of a third person
  • 13-407 Justification; use of physical force in defense of premises
  • 13-408 Justification; use of physical force in defense of property
  • 13-409 Justification; use of physical force in law enforcement
  • 13-410 Justification; use of deadly physical force in law enforcement
  • 13-411 Justification; use of force in crime prevention; applicability
  • 13-412 Duress
  • 13-413 No civil liability for justified conduct
  • 13-414 Justification; use of reasonable and necessary means
  • 13-415 Justification; domestic violence
  • 13-416 Justification; use of reasonable and necessary means; definition
  • 13-417 Necessity defense
  • 13-418 Justification; use of force in defense of residential structure or occupied vehicles; definitions
  • 13-419 Presumptions; defense of a residential structure or occupied vehicle; exceptions; definitions
  • 13-420 Attorney fees; costs
  • 13-421 Justification; defensive display of a firearm; definition


  • 13-3101 Definitions
  • 13-3102 Misconduct involving weapons; defenses; classification; definitions
  • 13-3102.01 Storage of deadly weapons; definitions
  • 13-3103 Misconduct involving explosives; classification
  • 13-3104 Depositing explosives; classification
  • 13-3105 Forfeiture of weapons and explosives
  • 13-3106 Firearm purchase in other states
  • 13-3107 Unlawful discharge of firearms; exceptions; classification; definitions
  • 13-3108 Firearms regulated by state; state preemption; injunction; civil penalty; cause of action; violation; classification; definition
  • 13-3109 Sale or gift of firearm to minor; classification
  • 13-3110 Misconduct involving simulated explosive devices; classification; definition
  • 13-3111 Minors prohibited from carrying or possessing firearms; exceptions; seizure and forfeiture; penalties; classification
  • 13-3112 Concealed weapons; qualification; application; permit to carry; civil penalty; report; applicability
  • 13-3113 Adjudicated delinquents; firearm possession; classification
  • 13-3114 Arizona manufactured firearms; regulation; definitions
  • 13-3115 Forensics firearms identification system
  • 13-3116 Misconduct involving body armor; classification; definition
  • 13-3117 Remote stun guns; sales records; use; classification; definitions
  • 13-3118 Possession, transfer or storage of firearms; restrictions prohibited; exceptions
  • 13-3119 Misconduct involving weapons in a secured area of an airport; classification; definitions
  • 13-3120 Knives regulated by state; state preemption; definitions
  • 13-3121 Firearm transfers; chief law enforcement officer certification; notification; definitions
  • 13-3122 Unlawful use of electronic firearm tracking technology; classification; definitions

Arizona Permit Eligibility



General Eligibility

Applicants must:

be a resident of this state or a United States citizen;

- be twenty-one years of age or older or is at least nineteen years of age and provides evidence of current military service or proof of honorable discharge or general discharge   under honorable conditions from the United States Armed Forces, United States Armed Forces Reserve or a State National Guard.

- not be under indictment for a felony offense;

- not be convicted of a felony offense, unless the conviction has been expunged, set aside, vacated or pardoned, or the individuals right to possess firearms has be restored AND the individual must not be a prohibited possessor under state or federal law.

- not suffer from mental illness and been adjudicated mentally incompetent or committed to a mental institution;

- not be unlawfully present in the United States;

- complete a firearms safety training program pursuant to A.R.S. 13-3112.N(link is external).

Note: Persons who were born outside of the United States or one of its territories must send a copy of proof of citizenship or alien status. Any of the following documents are acceptable:

- Certificate of Naturalization
- Resident Alien Card
- Record of Birth Abroad to US citizens
- Record of Birth Abroad to Armed Forces Personnel
- US Passport


State Prohibitors

A.R.S. 13-3101(7) - Prohibited possessor means any person:

- who has been found to constitute a danger to himself or to others or to be persistently or acutely disabled or gravely disabled pursuant to court order under section 36-540, and whose right to possess a firearm has not been restored pursuant to section 13-925;
- who has been convicted within or without this state of a felony or who has been adjudicated delinquent and whose civil right to possess or carry a gun or firearm has not been restored;
- who is at the time of possession serving a term of imprisonment in any correctional facility or detention facility;
- who is at the time of possession serving a term of probation pursuant to a conviction for a domestic violence offense as defined in section 13-3601 or a felony offense, parole, community supervision, work furlough, home arrest or release on any other basis or who is serving a term of probation or parole pursuant to the interstate compact under title 31, chapter 3, article 4;
- who is an undocumented alien or a nonimmigrant alien traveling with or without documentation in this state for business or pleasure or who is studying in this state and who maintains a foreign residence abroad. This subdivision does not apply to:

- nonimmigrant aliens who possess a valid hunting license or permit that is lawfully issued by a state in the United States.
- nonimmigrant aliens who enter the United States to participate in a competitive target shooting event or to display firearms at a sports or hunting trade show that is sponsored by a national, state or local firearms trade organization devoted to the competitive use or other sporting use of firearms.
certain diplomats.
- officials of foreign governments or distinguished foreign visitors who are designated by the United States Department of State.
persons who have received a waiver from the United States Attorney General.


Federal Prohibitors

- is under indictment for, or has been convicted in any court of, a  crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year: 
- is a fugitive of justice; 
- is an unlawful user of or addicted to any controlled substance (as defined in section 102 of the Controlled Substance Act (21 United States Code 802) 
- has been adjudicated as a mental defective or has been committed to any mental institution;
- who, being an alien-

- was issued after a hearing of which such person received actual notice, and at which such person had the opportunity to participate; and
- expected to cause bodily injury;
- includes a finding that such person represents a credible threat to the physical safety of such intimate partner or child; or
- by its terms explicitly prohibits the use, attempted use, or threatened use of physical force against such intimate partner or child that would reasonably be expected to cause bodily injury; 

- has been convicted in any court of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence.