Open Carry in Arizona

Guns and RestaurantsSomeone stopped by looking for information on “Open Carry in Arizona”.   I often get people curious about this from other States as well.  So I am posting a list of States that currently allow “Open Carry”.

Currently most states do allow “Open Carry” in some form. Arizona does allow Open Carry without a permit.  Some states require a permit to Open Carry, while others do not.  Some States allow the open carry of Long Guns whereas many do not.  And best of all, some States are what the call     “Constitutional Carry”, which means that you do not need a permit for concealed carry or for open carry.  Basically, the Second Amendment is your permit.

My State, the Peoples Republik of Kalifornistan, no longer allows open carry and barely allows “Concealed Carry”.  You need a pretty damn good reason, what they call “Good Cause”, or you don’t get a permit to carry concealed in this State.  That question is before the Ninth District Court of Appeals right now for the Second time. We won the decision the first time but the liberals would’t stand for it and resorted to a Parlamentary trick wherein the State requested an “en banc” hearing, even though the State was not a party to the suit.  They are supposed be one of the players in the original lawsuit for that to be granted, but the judges have allowed it anyway.  We’re waiting for the decision now.  But I digress.

Below is a list of the States and their position on Open Carry.  Note: We are not lawyers. Specific information for the laws surrounding the carrying of guns in your State should be verified by contacting your State and obtaining particular information on the laws currently active in your State.  State laws are currently changing.  Some States allow local laws to preempt State laws. Make sure to keep informed on what is happening in your State and/or County.

State                   Open Carry Allowed                   Permit Required

Alabama                     Yes                                               No (Yes in vehicle)

Alaska                          Yes                                               No

Arizona                        Yes                                               No

Arkansas                     Yes                                               Yes

California                    No                                                Yes (for concealed carry)

Colorado                      Yes (Except Denver)             No

Connecticut                Yes                                               Yes

Delaware                      Yes                                               No

Florida                          No, except – see (1)                No (For concealed carry only)

Georgia                         Yes  (except in vehicle)        Yes

Hawaii                           No                                               Yes (difficult to obtain)

Idaho                              Yes                                             No (Constitutional Carry)

Illinois                            Yes – rural only (2)              Yes (for concealed carry)

Indiana                          Yes                                              Yes

Iowa                                Yes                                              No (req’d in City limits & cars)

Kansas                           Yes (locally prohibited)       No (except locally)

Kentucky                       Yes                                              No

Louisiana                       Yes                                             No

Maine                             Yes                                              No  (Yes in vehicle)

Maryland                       No                                               Yes (difficult to obtain)

Massachusetts            No                                                NA

Michigan                       Yes (mostly rural)                   No  (Yes in vehicle)

Minnesota                    Yes                                               Yes

Mississippi                   Yes                                               No (Yes in vehicle)

Missouri                        Yes – But (3)                            No

Montana                        Yes                                               No

Nebraska                       Yes                                               No

Nevada                           Yes                                               No

New Hampshire         Yes                                                No (Yes in vehicle)

New Jersey                   No                                                Yes (Good Luck)

New Mexico                 Yes                                               No

New York                      No                                                Yes (Good Luck)

North Carolina           Yes                                                No (ex. Public Bldgs, Parks)

North Dakota              Yes                                                Yes (Covers Concealed too)

Ohio                                Yes                                                No (Yes in Vehicle)

Oklahoma                    Yes                                                 Yes

Oregon                          Yes (Except in big Cities)       No (4)

Pennsylvania              Yes                                                 No (5)

Rhode Island              Yes (With permit from AG)  Yes (Police permit not valid)

South Carolina           No                                                  NA

South Dakota              Yes                                                No

Tennessee                    Yes                                                Yes

Texas                              No                                                NA

Utah                               Yes (must be unloaded)      No (must be unloaded)

Vermont                       Yes   (6)                                       No

Virginia                         Yes                                                No (only for concealed)

Washington                Yes (some areas)                      Yes/No (confusing local laws)

West Virginia             Yes                                                 No (some older local laws preempt)

Wisconsin                   Yes  (except in vehicle)          No

Wyoming                     Yes                                                No (Constitutional Carry)


(1) Open carry is permitted while traveling to and from lawful shooting events, hunting, fishing, and camping, only. Otherwise it is not permitted.
(2)  Open carry is permitted in some unincorporated areas of the state only, but not all.  Be careful.  Not permitted in cities and Metropolitan areas.
(3)  Be aware of local ordinances.
(4)  Many large cities have passed ordinance against loaded firearms in public places. Also, all public buildings are off limits unless you have a concealed carry permit.
(5)  Must have a permit to open carry in a vehicle, and in Philadelphia.
(6)  True Constitutional Carry

In 42 of the nation’s states, Americans are legally permitted to openly carry firearms in public.  Though state and municipal ordinances place limits on open carry in many places, open carry rights—especially with regard to long guns—have generally been well-recognized throughout the nation.   It is important to know your states laws if you plan to carry openly.

There is a healthy open carry movement in the United States.  Many State legislatures are contemplating relaxing their Open Carry laws.  Some States are also looking to allowing carrying on college campuses, including Open Carry.  But with the inconsistency of the laws across the nation, if you are going to be traveling, you should study the laws of the States through which you will be traveling.  For that matter you be very aware of the laws in the State in which you live before you venture outside your door with your weapon on you hip.

Be armed and be careful.

Disclaimer:  We have made every effort to provide correct information.  However, the legal landscape surrounding open carry is fluid and subject to a myriad of political influences in the various states. Therefore, any and all information you glean from this site should be independently verified!

Gun Enthusiast

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One response to “Open Carry in Arizona

  1. I wrote a blog about this a little while ago because I was concerned that a lot of people were being killed who were in possession of guns illegally. It was frustrating to me when I started doing research on the gun laws in America. Everything is so different when it comes to guns and what’s actually permissible and prohibited. I understand that a lot of people are under the impression that from state-to-state the rules or laws are the same. I wish we were more united when it came to this.


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