Date published: May 24, 2010
USAToday reported on April 16 that Arizona's Governor Jan Brewer signed legislation into law that will make her state the third in the nation, along with Alaska and Vermont, to allow people to carry concealed weapons without a permit. This is a change from old state law which made unlicensed Concealed Carry a crime punishable by up to six months in jail and a fine of up to $2,500.
The law included a few measures, such as having to inform police, if asked, about any guns you may be carrying. Also, carriers must allow law enforcement to take the weapon during communication between officers and the concealed carry holders, and permits would still be required to carry weapons in establishments that serve alcohol. This recent law is another success in a string of legislative victories for gun rights in Arizona. In 2009, the state loosened gun restrictions and just recently, one new law broadened the state's restrictions on local governments' ability to tax and regulate guns and ammunition. Another new law was a firearms freedom act which declared that guns manufactured entirely within state limits and intended for use within state limits are not subject to federal firearms laws.