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Know the Laws: Arizona

UPDATED September 15, 2017

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Below is information about state gun laws in Arizona.  A restraining order or criminal conviction may make it illegal for an abuser to have a gun. However, in addition to these state-specific laws, there are also federal gun laws that could apply. To fully understand all of the legal protections available, it is important that you also read the Federal Gun Laws pages.

Please consider getting in touch with a domestic violence advocate in your community for more information on gun laws in your area. Please go to AZ Where to Find Help to find domestic violence organizations and lawyers in your area.

More Information and Where to Get Help

back to topI do not have an order of protection against the abuser, and s/he has not been convicted of a crime. Is there anything I can do?

In Arizona, there are other circumstances under which it is illegal to have a gun.  If the abuser is under 21 (or for those currently in the military or honorably discharged, under 19), not a U.S. citizen, has been found by a court to be a danger to him/herself or to others (or mentally ill*) or is an undocumented immigrant or a "nonimmigrant" who is traveling here for business or pleasure, it may be illegal for him/her to have a gun.  Also, if the abuser was charged with a crime but found incompetent to stand trial by the court and has still not been declared competent, s/he cannot have a gun in his/her possession.**
If this is your situation, please talk to an advocate or lawyer in your area about how this law is being enforced.  Go to the AZ State and Local Programs page for local programs.

If none of these situations apply, you can still make a plan for your safety.  See our Safety Planning page for more information. You can also contact your local domestic violence organization for additional help.  You may want to talk to them about whether leaving the area - either long-term or for a little while - might help improve your safety. 

For additional information on gun laws in Arizona, you can go to the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence website.

* A.R.S. § 13-3112(E)(1),(2),(4)
** A.R.S. §§ 13-3101(A)(7)

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back to topI've read through all of this information, and I am still confused. What can I do?

Trying to understand both federal and state law can be confusing, but there are people out there who can help you better understand the law and your rights under the law.

  • You can contact the National Center on Full Faith and Credit to get more information about the federal firearm law and how it applies to you: 1-800-903-0111. 
  • You can contact a local domestic violence organization in your area (See our AZ State and Local Programs page under the Where to Find Help tab at the top of this page to find a program in your area.)
  • You can write to our Email Hotline.

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WomensLaw.org thanks Merri Tiseth, Legal Advocacy Hotline Program Manager, at the AZCADV for her help in reviewing this information.

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