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Laws protect us when dangerous instruments are involved. This applies to driving a car as well as possession of guns. Arizona law defines a firearm as, "any loaded or unloaded handgun, pistol, revolver, rifle, shotgun, or other weapon that will or is designed to or that may readily be converted to expel a projectile by the action of an explosive," (A.R.S. §13-3101(4)). Prohibited weapons include fireworks, bombs, grenades, and nunchaku (A.R.S. §13-3101 (8)).


Q: Who can own a gun or weapon?

AGenerally speaking, anything that disqualifies you as a voter or a juror, such as conviction of a felony, also legally disqualifies you as a gun owner. This is no coincidence – these three rights and duties are historically and philosophically related. People prohibited from possessing a firearm also includes any person who:


Q: How and where can I do my target practice?

A: There are restrictions about where you can go for target practice, but be careful wherever you shoot a firearm. Local city ordinances should be consulted as cities and towns have the authority to regulate firearm possession in areas developed for public recreation or family activity, such as picnic areas, swimming areas, golf courses, horseback riding facilities, and boat landings (A.R.S. §13-3108).


Q: What is misconduct involving a weapon?

AAccording to A.R.S. §13-3102 (A), misconduct involving weapons can include:

 For the entire list, visit and search A.R.S. §13-3102 (A).



Laws may have changed since the last time this article was updated.  The current and most up-to-date laws can be accessed here.