Arizona has some of the least restrictive gun laws in the nation. It is legal for most adults to carry a gun, without being required to have a permit for either open or concealed carry. Permits are available, however, and having a permit makes it possible to carry a gun in certain places where weapons are otherwise prohibited.
That said, there are limits on who may carry or possess a gun, the type of weapon you may own, and the manner in which you use a gun. Using a deadly weapon in the commission of a crime comes with enhanced penalties, including imprisonment, a criminal record, and steep fines.
Using a gun to commit a crime or merely possessing such a deadly weapon, can result in serious felony charges and the possibility of prison time. Arizona firearm and weapons charges are usually paired with other criminal charges such as robbery, burglary, and aggravated assault. If you are facing criminal charges involving weapons in Arizona, you may have also been on probation and confronting a probation violation because you were a prohibited possessor. Felony weapons crimes expose a person to harsh criminal penalties, including prison terms.
Furthermore, the law prohibits other behaviors involving guns. Misconduct Involving Weapons can be charged on an individual if they engage in any of the following:
When on an Indian reservation, you need to check with the tribe. Indian tribes may have more restrictive gun laws than the rest of the state.
If you have been charged with any criminal offense involving weapons, it is best to immediately seek legal advice from criminal defense attorneys who will handle your case and fight for you. Case evaluation of the first step to avoid a criminal conviction.
According to Arizona criminal laws, a dangerous or deadly weapon can be defined as anything designed for lethal use. Common items such as knives and guns may be classified under this definition, but the law also includes items such as baseball bats or automobiles
Furthermore, any weapons charge that results in a serious injury to another person will have significantly increased sentencing range. Getting an experienced Arizona criminal attorney to represent you and build up the best defense for your case is the first thing you must do.
These are some of the types of deadly weapons that are prohibited in Arizona:
You may also face charges of misconduct involving a weapon if you are found to have used or possessed a deadly weapon during the commission of any felony offense. This is referred to as an aggravated offense. For example, an individual can be charged with aggravated assault if they commit an assault offense with the use of a deadly weapon. This offense is punishable as a class 4 felony.
Convicted weapon and firearm offenders in Arizona are generally assigned a presumptive term of sentencing, according to Chapters 7 and 8 of Title 13 of the Arizona Revised Statutes. However, these terms of imprisonment range from a minimum term to a maximum term. The sentence range can vary depending on the following:
The sentencing ranges for misdemeanor and first-time felony weapons offenders are as follows:
Carrying a deadly weapon in or on a means of transportation if the alleged offender is under the age of 21.
Jail time: up to 30 days
Fines: up to $500
Jail Time: up to six months
Fines: up to $2,500.
Jail Time: 18 months to three years, but the presumptive term of imprisonment is 27 months.
Jail time from four years to eight years, but the presumptive term of imprisonment is six years.
Jail time: five years to 15 years in prison, but the presumptive term of imprisonment is 7.5 years.
Using, possessing or exercising control over a deadly weapon in furtherance of any act of terrorism.
Jail time: seven years to 21 years, but the presumptive term of imprisonment is 10.5 years.
Felony offenders may also be required to pay a fine up to $150,000.
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In spite of Arizona’s generally relaxed attitude toward weapon ownership for law-abiding adults, weapon laws are taken very seriously and a violation could get you in legal trouble. If you have criminal weapons charges against you in Phoenix, Scottsdale, or the surrounding area, call the law office of criminal defense attorney Howard Snader for a free initial consultation. Howard will work hard to build an effective defense to either lower the charges to misdemeanor charges, get an acquittal, or have the case dismissed. As an Arizona Board Certified Criminal Law Specialist, he has the legal experience, credentials, and commitment to upholding the constitutional rights of each of his clients.