As of July 29, people, 21 years of age and older, can carry a concealed firearm; which is their constitutional right. Let’s hope one day all states will join with Arizona, Alaska, and Vermont, and allow citizens their God given right to protect themselves.
The law makes several changes to the permitting process and rules regulating concealed carry:
• It removes the requirement that individuals have a permit to carry a concealed weapon anywhere that open carry is allowed. Individuals will still need a permit to carry a concealed weapon in bars and restaurants and to qualify for reciprocal privileges when in states that require permits.
• The new law lets individuals obtain permits through means other than the eight-hour training course mandated under the previous law. These other means include any NRA firearms- or safety-training course and a hunter-education course administered by the Arizona Game and Fish Department.
• It requires individuals to answer honestly if police ask if they are carrying a weapon. The law also allows police officers to take temporary custody of a weapon during stops.
• It stiffens penalties for individuals who commit crimes while carrying a concealed weapon.