Arizona is a constitutional carry state. This means you don’t need a concealed carry weapon (CCW) permit in order to carry a concealed firearm, provided you are over 21 years old and legally able to own the weapon. However, it is still beneficial to get your CCW in Arizona.
Here are some of the top benefits of having a CCW permit:
1. Learn About Arizona State Laws
In a CCW course, you will learn about Arizona’s firearm laws. This is valuable for understanding your rights and also knowing any regulations you will need to follow. While you can (and should) research these laws on your own, going over them in a classroom environment gives you the opportunity to ask questions and learn from your instructor’s experience.
2. Carry in More Locations
Without a concealed carry permit, you can’t carry your firearm in restaurants with a liquor license. A CCW allows you to do this, provided the restaurant hasn’t posted a legally compliant sign indicating that no firearms are allowed. (There are specific laws in Arizona that these signs must follow for them to be enforceable).
Additionally, many Arizona public parks have signs prohibiting firearms unless you have a valid CCW. Having your permit allows you to carry a firearm in these locations.
3. Faster Gun Purchases
When purchasing a firearm without a CCW, you will need to undergo a federal background check. After getting your concealed carry permit, this background check requirement is waived. This makes gun purchases faster and easier for you.
4. Easier Interactions With Law Enforcement
If you are ever involved in a traffic stop while carrying a firearm, knowing you have a valid CCW often puts the officer more at ease. They will know that you have gone through the effort to learn about gun laws and obtain a concealed carry permit.
One of the top benefits of getting your CCW in Arizona is reciprocity. This means that other states allow you to conceal carry if you have an Arizona permit. If you are traveling, it’s important to know whether reciprocity applies in that state and if there are any additional gun laws to be aware of.
States with Arizona CCW Reciprocity
- North Carolina
- North Dakota
- New Mexico
- South Carolina
States with Constitutional Carry
- New Hampshire
- South Dakota
- West Virginia
CCW Classes in Tucson and Lakeside
At The Hub, we can help you earn your Arizona CCW permit. We offer classes in Tucson and in Lakeside and our skilled instructors will go over the basics of self-defense laws and firearm safety. Our classes fulfill all state requirements for earning your permit. If you are interested in further training, we offer a variety of other courses at our Arizona gun stores.