Armed4Life wrote:I moved here from VA and I maintain that I lost much of my RKBA. Open carry is just one area where AZ law sucks. And, to top it off, there are 1994 Appellate court decisions that pretty much wipe out what little open carry is permissible.I made this observation after comparing the weapons laws of several gun friendly states that I would be driving through on a cross country trek. Whereas, with most OC states, open carry is legal because there is no prohibition against it (i.e. the law may only mention concealed carry); in AZ, the law prohibits any carrying of a deadly weapon without a permit, and open carry is legal because of an exception in the statute for a weapon in a belt holster. Does this make AZ open carry weaker than other states. By that I mean, would it be easier for a state to strike an exception from a statute (in the case of AZ) to make OC illegal w/o a permit versus adding a prohibition against it (VA for example). Opinions?
However, on a positive note we (AzCDL) have managed to get SB 1301to the governor's desk. SB 1301 gets rid of the belt-holster limitation and eliminates thewording that the 1994 court decisions were dependent on. It also has a provision that allows for permitless carry in common ares of where you own or rent along with any cars in on your property (illegal under current law).
If you care about open carry, I'd recommend cranking out a letter to the governor. Check out our News page for a cut-and-paste letter.