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    Default AZ Concealed Permits History.

    I first came to AZ in 1967 with an Army assignment.
    At that time I knew many that carried concealed and I was told that there was really no law in AZ that addressed it. I knew many that carried concealed at that time.
    When I came back to AZ in 1993 I remember all the complaints from folks about the new proposed law that would require a permit to carry that took affect in July of 1994 as I remember right.
    I also know that as of the end of August that AZ is pretty much back to what it was from the beginning as a state with open carry legal and concealed carry with some minor changes.
    Someone told me yesterday I misunderstood the CCW rules prior to 1994 and that you could go to jail for carrying concealed. Really?
    It was my understanding that there was no law that really addressed it (or made it illegal) and therefore many did it.
    Does anyone have a link to the facts in this case for AZ CCW history?
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    I was born and raised in AZ but the majority of that time was on the Navajo reservation. Although it was never really discussed because we generally couldn't afford handguns anyway, I always had the impression that nobody ever carried, open or concealed. I'm a knowledge vacuum for that one.

    In 1992, as an adult, I moved to Mesa from CA for only a year. During that time, it was very clear that no concealed carry was allowed without a permit. Open carry was fine.

    I happen to have a 1992 copy of The Arizona Gun Owner's Guide by Alan Korwin. It says on page 24 that carrying a weapon concealed is a class 1 misdemeanor. On the very next page, it says that no concealed weapons permits are available for "regular citizens of Arizona."

    As far as I know, those rules still applied in June, 1993 when I left Arizona to move back to CA.

    So yes, you could go to jail for carrying concealed but probably not to prison although frankly, with a good attorney, you may have been able to just pay a fine, give up your firearm and walk with a minor conviction at the time.

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    If you need me to look up anything else in Korwin's book, I'm happy to do so.

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    Interesting, I guess they were right after all.
    But only a misdemeanor if caught.
    No wonder so many just carried anyway.
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    It may have been instrumental in pushing the new CC laws through. Why criminalize CC in any way if there is no way you're EVER going to be able to stop people from doing it?

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    I agree with you. With so many people just doing it anyway at the risk of a misdemeanor conviction vs. not being able to ever get a permit was just stupid.
    I guess they figured open carry was enough for AZ citizens all those years.

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