Owning and using weapons in the state of Arizona comes with significant responsibility. As such, there are strict laws that address the possession and handling of certain weapons. If you are in any way involved with deadly weapons, it is important for you to understand these laws in order to avoid potential violations and their serious consequences.
Under Arizona’s state laws, weapons may be categorized into a number of classifications. Deadly weapons are those that are designed to be lethal. This includes guns, among other weapons. Firearms, as defined by the Arizona Revised Statutes, are any weapons that are able, designed or converted to expel projectiles using an explosive. Handguns, revolvers, rifles, shotguns and pistols are included in this classification regardless of whether they are loaded or unloaded.
Here in Arizona, there are numerous circumstances, which could lead to misconduct involving weapons charges. Such charges range in severity from a serious misdemeanor charge to mid-level felony charges. All of these offenses may carry significant penalties, including jail time.
According to the Arizona Revised Statues, carrying a concealed deadly weapon on your person or in your vehicle without a permit may be considered misconduct involving a weapon. Furthermore, having a deadly weapon on your person when going into a polling place for an election, onto school grounds or other public premises, or into events where such weapons are expressly prohibited can also constitute misconduct. These violations generally result in misdemeanor charges.
Defacing and altering a deadly weapon can also be considered misconduct involving a weapon. This includes sawing off a shotgun and removing the serial number from a firearm. Additionally, having an altered or defaced weapon in your possession can also result in criminal charges, even if you did not modify or deface the weapon yourself.
Certain people, such as those convicted of a felony, may be prohibited from owning or having deadly weapons. If you are not permitted to have such a weapon and are found in possession of one, you could face a felony charge of misconduct involving a weapon. In addition, selling a deadly weapon to a person who is prohibited from owning one can also qualify as misconduct.
This post has provided an overview of misconduct involving weapons in the state of Arizona, however, it should be considered only as general information and not professional legal advice.