Find out about self defense shooting Arizona. The gun laws in Arizona are fairly relaxed. Anyone over the age of 21 may legally carry a concealed firearm or…
There are many gun owners across the country and right here in Arizona. The Second Amendment is a right that many people cherish and use in their daily lives in order to purchase and carry firearms. Many people buy weapons because they want to be able to protect themselves in the event someone wants to cause them harm.
We hope you never find yourself in a situation in which you have to use your firearm against another person in self-defense. However, if that situation does arise and you injure or kill the person you felt was a threat to you or your family, you can be sure that your actions will also come under close scrutiny.
You may wonder under what circumstances people are able to rightfully defend themselves in Arizona. Today, we want to review some basic gun laws in the state as well as self-defense laws.
Owning A Gun In Arizona
The gun laws in Arizona are fairly relaxed. Anyone over the age of 21 may legally carry a concealed firearm or deadly weapon without a permit. Concealed carry permits are no longer required but can still be obtained. This is helpful when a person wants to take their firearm with them to a state in which Arizona has CCP reciprocity.
Anyone not expressly prohibited from owning or possessing a firearm may also choose to carry their firearm openly at the age of 18.
There are areas in which a person is prohibited from carrying their firearm. This includes:
- At polling places
- Secured areas of airports
- Inside a jail or on jail grounds
- On K-12 school grounds
- Anywhere that is licensed to sell alcohol for consumption
- Private property that bans the carrying of firearms
Stand Your Ground
Arizona does allow people to protect themselves, their family, and their property if they feel threatened. The state has laws that are similar to other state’s “stand your ground laws.” The Arizona statute says that
“a person is justified in threatening or using physical force against another when and to the extent a reasonable person would believe that physical force is immediately necessary to protect himself against the other’s use or attempted use of unlawful physical force.”
This law is clear in its intent, but in practice it can mean trouble for the person who had to pull the trigger. Why is that the case?
Consider that the person that is shot may be killed or seriously wounded. If they have been killed, then the only story available is the one told by the person who was defending themselves. If the person lives and is able to tell their story, they will likely say that they intended no harm. They may even try to say you were the aggressor.
The law in place in Arizona is based on what is referred to as the “castle doctrine,” which means the legal occupants of a home or vehicle can defend themselves against an intruder if they believe themselves to be in danger. People can also use force to protect others against murder, rape, or armed robbery.
What You Can Do Now
If you have used your firearm to protect yourself from someone who was a danger to your, your family, or your property, you may need to seek legal assistance. There will likely be an investigation into the events surrounding the shooting and you want to be sure that your rights are observed at all times. A qualified Arizona defense attorney will work to ensure that you are either cleared of all charges brought against you or not charged at all. Be aware that these stand your ground laws do not apply to cases in which:
- There is only verbal provocation
- When resisting arrest by an officer
- The person claiming self-defense provoked the attack
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