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Concealed weapons to be legal in Az without a permit

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Concealed weapons to be legal in Az without a permit

  • Carrying a concealed weapon in Arizona will be legal this summer.
    Nevada Tumbleweed/FlickrCarrying a concealed weapon in Arizona will be legal this summer.

Gov. Jan Brewer signed into law on Friday a bill making it legal for Arizonans to carry a concealed weapon without a permit.

The law will go into effect 90 days after the legislative sessions ends, probably July or August. The law does require gun owners to accurately answer if an officer asks them if they are carrying weapon. It also allows officers to temporarily confiscate a weapon while they are talking to an individual, including during a traffic stop.

"I believe this legislation not only protects the Second Amendment rights of Arizona citizens, but restores those rights as well," Brewer, a Republican, said in a statement.

Arizona is now the third state, joining Alaska and Vermont, that doesn't require permits.

"If you want to carry concealed, and you have no criminal history, you are a good guy, you can do it," bill sponsor Sen. Russell Pearce, R-Mesa, has said of his bill, according the Arizona Republic. "It's a freedom that poses no threat to the public."

One state municipal police chief disagrees. He says without the need for a permit, gun owners won't get the instruction needed to properly handle a weapon.

"I know a lot of 21-year-olds; the maturity level is gravely concerning sometimes," El Mirage Police Chief Mike Frazier, an Arizona Association of Chiefs of Police board member, told the Associated Press. "If you're going to be carrying a weapon you should know what the law is and how to use it."

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