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    What are the laws reguarding open carry shotgun???? I know for a pistol you need to have it in a holster otherwise it's considered brandishing.... does the shotgun need a sling or whats the deal??



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    People do it all day long when hunting, but be very careful if you plan to do it in an urban area.

    You should be ready and willing to be hassled and/or arrested by the police. Practice keeping your hands away from the gun and carefully follow the commands of the police when they confront you. edit: keep it on a sling and do not touch it with your hands would likely build your best case for not brandishing.

    That said, any gun that is legally owned may be carried openly in arizona. holding it in your hands may be considered brandishing by the police as holding a gun can be easily construed to be threatening.

    I am not a lawyer, this is not legal advice. good luck.

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    crtbc wrote:
    What are the laws reguarding open carry shotgun???? I know for a pistol you need to have it in a holster otherwise it's considered brandishing.... does the shotgun need a sling or whats the deal??
    Per ARS 13-3102.F your shotgun must be carried in abelt holster. There is nothing in the law that allows a sling or any other method of carry (unless you have a CCW permit). Regardles of the weapon it must be carried in a belt holster.

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    does this mean it is illegal to carry a shotgun outside of a hoster when hunting?

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    bbvk05 wrote:
    does this mean it is illegal to carry a shotgun outside of a hoster when hunting?
    That's a whole other ballgame and is covered by other statutes.

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    No that is not what the law says. The law simply says that the concealed carry permit law does not apply to weapons carried in a belt holster in which at least part of the holster is visible. It doesn't say that weapons MUST be carried in a belt holster. No where does it say that. Please don't confuse the words "does not apply to" with "must."



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    protector84 wrote:
    No that is not what the law says. The law simply says that the concealed carry permit law does not apply to weapons carried in a belt holster in which at least part of the holster is visible. It doesn't say that weapons MUST be carried in a belt holster. No where does it say that. Please don't confuse the words "does not apply to" with "must."
    Thanks for restating it better.

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    Fred is dead accurate.

    Any legally owned weapon/firearm may be carried openly without a permit; HOWEVER, open carry is defined as being in a belt holster with at least part of the holster being visible (yes the firearm can actually be concealed for open carry). If the firearm/ weapon is carried in ANY other manner, it is considered concealed and any CCW will qualify you. In Arizpna, sometimes open carry can actually be concealed carry and concealed carry can actually be open carry.

    Hunting and things of that nature are covered under different sections of law.

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    Thats what I thought. there is just additional protection for guns carried in a belt holster.


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    In my opinion shotguns are best for self/home defense. However, if you plan to OC invest in a handgun of your choice. You'll be doing yourself a favor in the long run.

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