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    Question New member looking for a little info before I head out to Kingman,AZ/Laughlin,NV

    I am traveling from California (I no longer have the right to open carry in my own state), but will be running back and forth from Kingman, AZ to Laughlin, NV this weekend. It is my understanding that in AZ, I can legally open carry a handgun, loaded, a round chambered. I intend to carry on my motorcycle as I travel between locations. My understanding is that such conditions are legal in AZ. Am I correct in that understanding? I don’t want to find out that I am in violation in some way.

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    Re: New member looking for a little info before I head out to Kingman,AZ/Laughlin,NV

    http://www.azleg.gov/ArizonaRevisedS...s.asp?Title=13
    See chapter 31 for weapons violations.

    Yes you are correct for AZ (check NV subform for NV laws) If you are 21 or older and not prohibited from carryng/owning a firearm - under "constitutional carry" you may carry a firearm on or about your person openly or discreetly for self defense. Watch out for places posted NO WEAPONS!

    If you will be visiting often from the peoples republic of Kommie-fornia, you may want to check out the book -the arizona gun owners guide by Alan Korwin. Breaks the law down into easy to understand terms.
    See link for constutional carry info and links to other usefull guides.
    http://www.gunlaws.com/ConstitutionalCarryEnacted.htm
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    Re: New member looking for a little info before I head out to Kingman,AZ/Laughlin,NV

    Quote Originally Posted by Draconis33 View Post
    I am traveling from California (I no longer have the right to open carry in my own state), but will be running back and forth from Kingman, AZ to Laughlin, NV this weekend. It is my understanding that in AZ, I can legally open carry a handgun, loaded, a round chambered. I intend to carry on my motorcycle as I travel between locations. My understanding is that such conditions are legal in AZ. Am I correct in that understanding? I don’t want to find out that I am in violation in some way.
    @Admins -

    Above post is a prime example why we need a link to law info sticky on the AZ sub-forum. We may never hear from this poster again, but it would be nice to make it easier for those who want to do so in AZ legally -become well informed open carriers, correct?
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    In a nutshell...

    Welcome to the forum and possibly to Arizona!

    While I can't speak to the laws in Nevada and their differences with Arizona law, here is the AZ firearms law, in a nutshell.

    First; I am NOT a lawyer, check the facts and laws yourself, so you are sure you understand them! (Link to ARS below)

    It is completely legal to carry with a full magazine and with a round in the chamber, that's how I do it.

    In addition:

    If you are:
    Over 18: No permit is required to carry loaded or unloaded, openly.
    Over 21: No permit is required to carry loaded or unloaded, openly or discretely.
    You can carry whichever way you prefer and that is legal for your age range.

    There are some exceptions;

    You can't carry openly into any place that sells alcohol for consumption on the premises.
    You can't carry discretely into any place that serves alcohol for consumption on the premises without a concealed carry permit. Your firearm must remain concealed, and, you can NOT consume alcohol!
    You can't carry discretely into any place that serves alcohol for consumption on the premises if they have signs posted prohibiting firearms. (They don't get my money...)

    Private businesses can ask you to leave, if you don't you can be charged with trespassing. (None of my money there either!)

    No carrying into Federal government buildings or onto school grounds. The 1000' GFSZ law isn't enforced in AZ.
    Be careful around reservation land, they have their own rules and it can get dicey.

    Of course, drinking and carrying is a bad combination, don't!

    When in a vehicle, you may carry discretely if you are over 21. If stopped by a LEO, you might be asked if you have a firearm, if you are asked, you must tell them. They might take the firearm for the duration of the stop.

    You can purchase long guns and ammunition for them at 18 and handguns and their ammunition at 21. No limit on the number of rounds you can purchase.

    AzcdlFred posted this:
    I highly recommend you print and read this document: Arizona Gun Owners Guide
    It's the best resource you can find for Arizona's gun laws and what they mean.
    It's not free, but well worth the small price.

    You can keep up to date and help make things better for gun owners by visiting and joining Arizona Citizens Defense League (AzCDL).

    It's always best to go directly to the source of the law to find out where you stand!
    The law as written: Arizona Revised Statutes - 13-3102. Misconduct involving weapons; defenses; classification; definitions

    That covers most of the firearms law where it pertains to personal carry, as I understand it. INAL!
    If I've missed or misunderstood anything, please let me know and I'll update my info.

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    Thank you all for the information. While I am not a legal resident of Arizona, I will be visiting often as my friend purchased a home in the state. The current plan is the visit on alternating weekends. The information provided will be invaluable this weekend and in the future.

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