Compared to other states in the U.S., Arizona’s gun laws are relatively lenient. That said, however, you cannot carry your firearm everywhere. This is the case even for those who have a concealed weapons permit. If you do take your firearm into prohibited places, you could face criminal charges for misconduct involving weapons. Therefore, it behooves you to understand where you are not allowed to carry a firearm in the state of Arizona.
There are certain buildings in the state where you cannot take a gun. The City of Phoenix website points out that you are prohibited from carrying a firearm into a polling place on the day of an election. Furthermore, you are not permitted to carry a gun onto K-12 school grounds. You also cannot take a firearm onto the grounds of public colleges or universities whose governing boards have prohibited them.
In the state of Arizona, there are also certain lands where you are not allowed to carry firearms. According to the City of Phoenix website, you cannot have a gun on your person if you are on a game preserve or are in a national park. Additionally, you are not permitted to carry a firearm onto a Native American reservation unless you have permission from the tribe. With the exception of peace officers and certain military personnel, you cannot carry a firearm on military installations.
If you do not have a concealed weapons permit, Arizona state law prohibits you from carrying a firearm into a business that serves alcohol to be consumed on site. This includes bars and restaurants. You are able to carry your weapon with you into such establishments if you have a concealed weapons permit. However, you are not allowed to consume alcohol if you have your firearm on you.
This post has provided an overview of the places where you are not permitted to carry firearms in Arizona. It is important to keep in mind, however, that there may be other places, which do not allow guns. As such, you should consider this as general information and not take it as legal advice.