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Arizona’s weak gun safety laws put its residents at risk. State lawmakers have an obligation to act—immediately—to protect their communities from gun violence.

Arizona repealed its concealed weapons permitting requirement in 2010, allowing anyone 21 or over to carry a hidden, loaded firearm in public without a license. In 2022, Arizona had the twelfth highest gun death rate among the states. In an average year, 1,290 people die from gun violence in the state. That means that someone dies from gun violence every 7 hours. Sixty-seven percent of these deaths are gun suicides, and 29% are gun homicides. In Arizona, the rate of gun deaths increased 43% from 2013 to 2022, compared to a 36% increase nationwide.

What Arizona Does Well

  • Prohibits firearms at polling places
  • Mental health record reporting

What Arizona Is Missing

  • Universal background checks
  • Gun owner licensing
  • Extreme risk protection orders
  • Most domestic violence gun laws
  • Assault weapon restrictions
  • Large capacity magazine ban
  • Waiting periods
  • Concealed carry permit
  • Open carry regulations
  • Child access prevention laws
  • Community violence intervention funding



The data is clear: states with stronger gun laws have less gun violence. See how your state compares in our annual ranking.

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We’re in this together. To build a safer America—one where children and parents in every neighborhood can learn, play, work, and worship without fear of gun violence—we need you standing beside us in this fight.