Registration of Firearms in Arizona

Posted on January 3, 2012

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. . . .”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 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 purchases, sells or transfers a firearm, unless the transaction involves a federally licensed firearms dealer, or the record is required or maintained 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. 2010 Ariz. ALS 327. The law 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. []