We begin with the standard definitions. According to Webster's Third New International Dictionary 469 (1966),
"conceal" means "to prevent disclosure or recognition of' or "to place out of sight." According to State v. Pudman,
"The common definition of the word 'conceal' is 'to hide or withdraw from observation; to cover or keep from
sight.''' 65 Ariz. 197, 211, 177 P.2d 376, 386 (1946) (quoting People v. McGinnis, 55 Cal. App.2d 931, 132 P.2d
30, 32 (1942)). The problem with such definitions is that they just restate the question: Was this weapon
concealed, hidden from observation, or placed out of sight when it could have been seen from a certain angle by
one who undertook to see it?
To answer this question, it helps to consider the purpose of A.R.S. § 13-3102(A). We have held that - the statute
is intended to " 'protect the public by preventing an individual from having on hand a deadly weapon of which the
public is unaware, and which an individual may use in a sudden heat of passion.' "State v. Moerman, 182 Ariz.
255, 261,895 P.2d 1018, 1024 (App. 1994) (quoting Dano v. Collins, 166 Ariz. 322, 324, 802 P.2d 1021, 1023
(App.1990)). For that purpose, this weapon was concealed, as there was nothing about its location that put
others on notice of its presence...
...We are satisfied after surveying such case law that the standard of "ordinary observation," when applied with
common sense, will serve to determine whether a weapon is concealed.