Brewer signs concealed carry bill into law

American citizens will be allowed to carry a concealed firearm in Arizona without a Concealed Weapons Permit by some time this summer.

Governor Jan Brewer signed SB 1108/HB 2347, otherwise known as Constitutional Carry, on Friday. The law will take effect 90 days after the close of the current legislative session.

The current session is slated to end next week, but it appears there are too many items on the budget to meet that deadline.

Concealed Weapons Permits will continue to be issued by the Department of Public Safety, but training requirements will change dramatically and the permits will be valid for very limited uses.

Many people will not require any additional training to qualify for the safety training permit requisite. An honorable discharge from the armed forces, law enforcement background, any Arizona law enforcement class, a certified college class or any NRA safety class, including hunter education, will qualify for the safety education requisite for the permit.

Permits will allow holders to carry concealed in some places where non-permit holders cannot. Permit holders will be permitted to carry in places that serve alcohol (as long as they do not partake), onto school grounds to pick up or drop off students, will not be required to undergo a background check when purchasing a firearm and will be able to carry concealed in states that have reciprocity agreements with Arizona.

Permits will not entitle holders to carry in places that ban firearms or weapons such as secure areas in airports, most government buildings and private businesses that prohibit firearms.

Arizona has always permitted the open carrying of firearms but will become the third state to allow concealed carry without a permit. Vermont and Alaska permit carrying concealed without a permit, but Arizona will be the first state with a major metropolitan area to do so.

Ric Swats is a state certified Concealed Weapons Permit Instructor, Armed Security Guard Instructor and an NRA certified instructor in a number of disciplines. He is the chief instructor for Mother Road Firearms. He may be reached at: ric@motherroadfirearms.com