Arizona has some of the most permissive gun possession and carry laws in the country. However, a gun or weapon violation may still punished harshly by the state.
Under A.R.S. § 13-3102, it is illegal to:
- Carry a concealed deadly weapon other than a pocket knife in furtherance of a serious, violent or felony offense;
- Fail to disclose the possession of a deadly weapon when asked by a police officer;
- Carry a concealed deadly weapon other than a pocket knife while under 21 years old;
- Manufacturing, possession, transporting, selling or transferring a prohibited weapon;
- Possessing a deadly weapon if otherwise prohibited to do so (e.g., in violation of terms of probation, after felony conviction);
- Providing a deadly weapon to someone who is prohibited to have one;
- Defacing a deadly weapon (e.g., filing off the serial number, sawing off a shotgun);
- Knowingly using or possessing a defaced deadly weapon;
- Using or possessing a deadly weapon at the same time that you are committing a felony offense;
- Firing a gun at an occupied building in connection with gang activity;
- Unless otherwise permitted by law, entering a public place or event while carrying a deadly weapon after the owner, operator, or sponsor of the establishment or event asks you to remove the weapon;
- Unless otherwise permitted by law, carrying a deadly weapon into a polling place on election day;
- Carrying a deadly weapon on school grounds;
- Entering a nuclear or hydroelectric generating station while carrying a deadly weapon;
- Supplying, selling or giving a deadly weapon to someone who you know is going to use that weapon in commission of a felony;
- Using or possessing a deadly weapon in furtherance of an act of terrorism.
A deadly weapon means “anything designed for lethal use, including a firearm (A.R.S. § 13-105(15).
If you have been charged with one or more of the gun or weapons violations listed above, you have a right to be represented by an attorney. The experienced criminal defense team at AWD LAW® can help you navigate the criminal justice process. Our team will work with you to develop a strategic and solid defense to ensure that you receive the lightest sentence that is legally possible.
We are Northern Arizona’s DUI/DWI and Criminal Defense lawyers. Contact attorney us at 1-800-774-1478 or 928-774-1478. After hours please call Wendy Edwards at 928-380-2162.