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In today’s political climate, gun and weapon regulations have taken a front seat with the media and lawmakers alike. If you find yourself facing weapons whether it is for improper recreational use, self-defense or criminal activity, it is crucial to seek an experienced criminal defense lawyer who understands the laws and regulations that involve weapons in the state of Arizona.

While Arizona has some of the most liberal gun laws in the country, the punishments for breaking those laws are very severe. These laws are in place to protect not only the individual user but also other community members from being in harm’s way of potentially reckless weapon use.

Arizona Weapon Charges

Weapon charges in Arizona are classified into several different categories based on the severity of the infraction, circumstances, type of weapon involved and the nature of the crime. Some of the most common weapon charges seen in Arizona are:

  • Carrying a weapon in a vehicle or on your person if you’re under the age of 21
  • Selling or transferring a weapon to a prohibited possessor
  • Defacing a weapon
  • Possession of an illegal or stolen weapon
  • Illegal possession after domestic violence or felony conviction
  • Assault with a deadly weapon
  • Possession of a weapon on property that prohibits weapons

In Arizona, carrying a concealed weapon is legal for individuals over the age of 21 without a permit, except in prohibited areas. This only applies to individuals who are legally able to possess a firearm.

What Can Happen with a Conviction?

The punishments for misconduct involving weapons can range from class 3 misdemeanor to a class 2 felony. The stipulations associated with these various charges potentially involve any combination or all of the following: incarceration, fines, probations, and loss of rights.

With a conviction of any felony, your civil rights will be stripped, namely your right to bear arms. However, there are circumstances that can allow the court to restore those rights again, through a granted Motion to Restore Civil Rights. Depending on the conviction, this motion can be filed immediately following the completion of sentencing, or for “serious” offenses, a period of ten years must pass after release from prison or completion of probation. Weapon charges that involve domestic violence will ban your gun rights for life, regardless if it is a misdemeanor or felony.

The Best Defense Starts Today

Owning, possessing, and operating a firearm or deadly weapon all come with a serious responsibility to follow strict laws that are enforced by severe punishments. If you find yourself in a situation where weapon charges are imminent, it is in your best interest to contact the Sonoran Law Group and let our team of criminal defense lawyers who understand the gun laws in Arizona fight for your legal rights.

Start the best defense for your case today! Reach out for a no-cost consultation to try and avoid drastic weapon charges against you — with our help.