Authorities said the gunman who killed at least 26 people in a Sutherland Springs church applied for a license to carry a gun in Texas, but was denied by the state.
Here in Arizona, in almost all cases, you do not need such a license to carry a firearm.
Arizona does ban ‘prohibited possessors’ from purchasing or carrying a gun. That includes convicted felons, people convicted of domestic violence, or people who are thought to be a danger to themselves or others.
But if you do not fall under that category, and are of legal age, you can purchase and carry a firearm in Arizona- concealed or open- without any type of required permit.
According to the National Rifle Association’s Institute for Legal Action, Arizona is one of just 11 states that do not require a permit for concealed carry.
If you walk into an Arizona gun shop to purchase a firearm, you’ll have to pass a background check. But if the sale is private, background checks are not a requirement.
Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ) has come forward in the wake of the Texas massacre to call for beefed up background checks, with more emphasis on mental health screenings.
“I’ve introduced legislation to have better information sharing between mental health agencies,” he said. “We can improve the background check system in that way, easily, I think with legislation.”
For more information on gun rights in Arizona, click here.