Registration of Firearms in Arizona

Posted on August 19, 2015

Arizona has no law requiring firearms to be registered. In fact, Arizona law states that no political subdivision of the state may “require the licensing or registration of firearms or ammunition or any firearm or ammunition components or related accessories. . . .”1 Similarly, another provision, which prohibits the transfer of firearms to minors, states that nothing within the statute shall be construed to require firearm sales reporting, nor shall registration of firearms or firearm sales be required.2

Finally, an Arizona law enacted in 2010 and subsequently amended in 2013, prohibits a political subdivision from requiring or maintaining a record in any form, whether permanent or temporary, including a list, log or database, of any identifying information of a person who owns, possesses, purchases, sells or transfers a firearm, except in the course of a law enforcement investigation.3

See our Registration of Firearms Policy Summary for a comprehensive discussion of this issue.

  1. Ariz. Rev. Stat § 13-3108(B). []
  2. Ariz. Rev. Stat. § 13-3109. []
  3. Ariz. Rev. Stat. § 13-3108(C)(2).  Section 13-3108(C)(1) also prohibits a political subdivision from requiring or maintaining a record in any form, whether permanent or temporary, including a list, log or database, of either of the following:
    • Any identifying information of a person who leaves a weapon in temporary storage at any public establishment or public event, except that the operator of the establishment or the sponsor of the event may require that a person provide a government issued identification or a reasonable copy thereof for the purpose of establishing ownership of the weapon; or
    • The description, including the serial number, of a weapon that is left in temporary storage at any public establishment or public event. []