Background: My name is Phil and I am the developer of an Iphone/Ipod touch application called "Legal Heat: 50 State Guide to Firearm Laws". I'm an NRA firearms instructor/concealed carry instructor and I released this app to help not only the general public to know and abide by the varying laws from state to state, but also as a reference to ourselves as we travel around for our classes. Thus far it has been a great success and thousands of people are using it every day (even though it's not nearly as good as it soon will be).
Help: As of yet the app only contains concealed carry laws for each state, reciprocity/reverse reciprocity maps, and transport law summaries. At the request of many people we are currently in the process of updating it with open carry laws, that's where I would love your help. To expedite the process and help me be as accurate as possible I would be extremely grateful for anyone who could summarize (or simply provide me statutory references) for any pertinent open carry laws you feel should be included in the app or that I should be aware of. It is an extremely difficult and error prone task to be undertaken alone, so that is why I am seeking your help. This is not meant to advertise the app, but simply to recruit any help that I can through this forum, I appreciate any info you feel willing to share.
Summary of¬*Open Carry¬*Laws in Arizona:
1. It's legal, no permit required, "one in the chamber" is legal (and preferred).
2. Weapon (handgun) must be holstered and "partially or wholly visible" to casual observation.
3. May open carry in any private establishment (non-alcohol serving--see below) unless posted 'no weapons/no firearms'. Violation of such posting subjects you to trespass laws.
4. Establishments that serve alchohol (bars or restaraunts) allow CONCEALED CARRY ONLY (must have¬*Concealed Weapon Permit)¬*unless signage is posted next to alcohol license prohibiting weapons. Carrying in violation of posted sign is prohibited.
5. Carrying firearms on to a K-12 school property is¬*a prohibited (no 1000' rule enforcement in AZ).
6. Carrying at a nuclear facility, hydroeleectric facility is prohibited.
7. Carrying at a public event that serves alcohol is prohibited (fairs, street fairs, etc).
8. Public (city hall, court, etc)¬*buildings that prohibit firearms MUST provide accessable storage for them.
9. Open Carry in a vehicle is legal by statute, but case law (Arizona v Adams
) has overriden that. Vehicle carry must be in plain sight, or anywhere in a holster not on the body, holstered or unholstered in glove box/center console, or holstered/unholstered in map pocket.
The relevant sections in the Arizona Revised Statutes are Title 13, Chapter 31.