Guns in Vehicles in Arizona

Posted on January 3, 2012

(This section was last updated June 28, 2010.)

Arizona’s 2010 law regarding the carrying of concealed weapons eliminated the requirement of a concealed weapons permit for a person who carries a concealed weapon within his or her immediate control in or on a means of transportation in Arizona.1 The person must be age 21 or older, and the person must accurately answer if a peace officer, who is detaining the person based on reasonable suspicion of an offense, asks whether he or she is carrying a concealed weapon.2 However, even these requirements do not apply to a weapon carried in a case, holster, scabbard, pack or luggage that is carried within a means of transportation or within a storage compartment, map pocket, trunk or glove compartment of a means of transportation.3

Arizona enacted a law in 2009 that limits property owners’ ability to prevent the presence of firearms in parking lots on their properties. According to the new law, a property owner, tenant, public or private employer or business entity may not establish, maintain, or enforce a policy or rule that prohibits lawfully transporting or storing a firearm in a locked motor vehicle or in a locked compartment on a motorcycle, so long as the firearm is not visible from the outside.4

  1. 2010 Ariz. ALS 59 § 2, to be codified as Ariz. Rev. Stat. § 13-3102(A)(2) and (H). []
  2. Ariz. Rev. Stat. § 13-3102 (A)(1)(b), (M). []
  3. Ariz. Rev. Stat. § 13-3102(B)(3)(e). []
  4. 2009 Ariz. ALS 177 (codified as Ariz. Rev. Stat. § 12-781). The property owner, tenant, public or private employer or business entity may, however, prohibit firearms in a parking lot, parking garage or other area designated for parking motor vehicles that: 1) is secured by a fence or other physical barrier; 2) limits access by a guard or other security measure; and 3) provides temporary and secure firearm storage. The storage must be monitored and readily accessible on entry into the premises and allow for the immediate retrieval of the firearm on exit from the premises. Id. Alternatively, the property owner, tenant, public or private employer or business entity may provide alternative parking in a location reasonably proximate to the primary parking area for individuals who desire to transport or store a firearm in the individual’s motor vehicle, so long as it does not charge an extra fee for such parking. Id. []