Can an 18 year old open carry a handgun in Arizona?
Can an 18 year old purchase a handgun through private sales in Arizona?
Short answers = YES & YES!
source from this very site
Summary Arizona is one of our “Gold Star” open carry states. There is complete state preemption of all firearms laws, open carry is common and law enforcement is well educated as to its legality.
NOTE:Tribal reservations have their own laws and should be avoided or researched prior to visiting.
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State Constitution Article 2 Section 26
The right of the individual citizen to bear arms in defense of himself or the state shall not be impaired, but nothing in this section shall be construed as authorizing individuals or corporations to organize, maintain, or employ an armed body of men.
Minimum Age to OC 18
Preemption Complete preemption of firearms laws except localities may still limit firearms possession in parks or preserves to persons who possess a concealed weapons permit.
NOTE: Almost all states allow local regulation of the discharge of firearms
Open Car Carry You may open carry in a vehicle.
Now some things to consider
1. KNOW THE LAW! I highly suggest you get this book and read it front cover to back. It is worth its weight in gold.
2. Join AZCDL they are responsible for many of the firearm freedoms we enjoy here in AZ.
3. Get as much training as you can! It will pay for itself a thousand times over should you ever have to defend your life.
4. (a)Try as many pistols as you can before buying. Once you find ones that fit your hand and feel good, try to rent them and shoot them at a range. DO NOT listen to the caliber guru's - A huge gun does you no good if you miss BIG with it. Buy what you can shoot well with.
(b) Get a GOOD GUN BELT & HOLSTER.
5. Practice SAFELY (unloaded) drawing your pistol in private - so much that it becomes a fluid natural motion. A SHTF situation is no time to figure out your draw stroke.
6. Try to setup a meet with friends/family or better yet other open carriers your first few times out. It can greatly reduce your level of angst and make getting started easier. One young guy sitting alone in a restaurant looking jittery with a gun = nut getting ready to flip out in many peoples minds. A group of people & that person(s) armed having a nice time together = no big deal.
This is just my 2 cents from several years of Open Carry. Take it for what it cost you.