Whether they are used for recreation, to provide protection or for employment, firearms are an important part of life for many Arizona residents. Even when a person has followed the law in the acquisition of a gun, there are other regulations that must be followed. The Arizona State Legislature explains limitations to gun ownership and use in statute 13-3102, and understanding these is helpful in avoiding gun charges.
It may be assumed correctly that carrying or using a gun during a criminal or terrorist act or to assist with such an act is against state law. Similarly, it is illegal to sell a firearm to a person who may reasonably be suspected of using the gun to commit a crime.
While a person may have the right to carry a deadly weapon such as a gun, there are places where it is forbidden unless he or she has official clearance. These include school grounds or a nuclear generating station. On an election day, an unauthorized person cannot bring a deadly weapon into an election polling place.
Arizona law also specifically states that a person cannot deface a gun, or intentionally own a firearm that has been defaced. Arizona statute 13-3101 defines defacing a firearm as making its serial number illegible. This serial number must remain intact or the weapon becomes an illegal firearm. The designation of a firearm is a weapon that works by discharging a projectile. Whether or not the gun is currently loaded is not relevant, but a gun that does not work and cannot be fixed is not included in the definition.