Arizona Concealed Weapon Permit Requirements

General Eligibility

Applicants must:

  • be a resident of Arizona or a United States citizen;
  • be twenty-one years of age or older;
  • 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 individual’s 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 ARS §13-3112.N.

State Prohibitors

ARS 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

  • United States Code, Title 18, Section 922(d) states “it shall be unlawful for any person to sell or otherwise dispose of any firearm or ammunition to any person knowing or having reasonable cause to believe that such person:
  • 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:
    • is illegally or unlawfully in the United States; or
    • except as provided in subsection (y)(2), has been admitted to the United States under a nonimmigrant visa (as that term is defined in section 101(a)(26) of the Immigration and Naturalization Act (8 United States Code 1101(a)(26)).
  • who has been discharged from the Armed Forces under dishonorable conditions;
  • who, having been a citizen of the United States, has renounced his citizenship;
  • is subject to a court order that restrains such person from harassing, stalking, or threatening an intimate partner of such person or child of such intimate partner or person, or engaging in conduct that would place an intimate partner in reasonable fear of bodily injury to the partner or child, except that this paragraph shall only apply to a court order that:
    • 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.

Initial and renewal concealed weapons permit applications are processed by Department of Public Safety Criminal Records Specialists. The application data is entered into our CCW database. Background criminal history checks are performed utilizing several systems:

  • Arizona Criminal Justice Information System (ACJIS)
  • National Crime Information Center (NCIC)
  • Arizona Crime information Center (ACIC)
  • National Instant Background Check System (NICS)
  • Interstate Identification Index (III)
  • Automatic Fingerprint Information System (AFIS)
  • Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI)

It is the Departments policy to deny a concealed weapons permit to any applicant who is considered prohibited possessors in accordance with U.S. Federal 18 U.S.C. § 922 and Arizona State ARS §13-3112, ARS §13-3101(7).

Applicants must complete a firearms safety training program as prescribed by ARS §13-3112(N) and demonstrate competence by providing adequate documentation of completion as prescribed by ARS §13-3112(E).

Concealed weapons permits may be renewed every five years. See renewal procedure.

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