Arizona CCW Permits On The Decline

Arizona CCW Permits On The Decline

Arizona Citizens Defense League
Arizona Citizens Defense League

Catalina, AZ –-( After the passage of Constitutional Carry in 2010, CCW permit applications and renewals began to slow down considerably.

In July 2011, the number of active permits reported by the Department of Public Safety (DPS) was less than what they reported in June. Will we now see a steady decline in CCW permits as fewer apply or renew?

Time will tell.

CCW Permit Advantages Even though it is not required in Arizona, there are advantages to having an Arizona CCW permit:

  • Until the rest of the country catches up with Arizona¡¦s respect for the Right to Bear Arms, government permission slips (i.e., permits) are still required to carry a firearm in most other states.
  • The majority of states that do issue permits recognize Arizona¡¦s CCW permit, including neighboring Nevada which only recognizes the permits from 15 states.
  • A CCW permit is required when entering Arizona establishments that serve alcohol and are not posted ¡§no firearms.¡¨ One of AzCDL’s goals is to restore the right of all law-abiding citizens to dine out while armed. Until then, you need a CCW permit.
  • Under Federal Law (the Brady Act) having an Arizona CCW permit satisfies the background check requirement when purchasing a firearm from an FFL dealer.
  • Having a CCW permit also satisfies the Federal ¡§1,000 foot¡¨ rule regarding schools.

No Permit does not equal No responsibility
Exercising freedom comes with a cost – responsibility. Each of us is responsible to know the law, and to have the proper mindset, skills and abilities that come with “bearing arms”. Proper and continuous training has always been our individual responsibility.

One advantage of Constitutional Carry is that you are no longer required to sit through a one-size-fits-all class, mandated by bureaucrats and administered only by government anointed instructors.

Market forces are now in play. Savvy instructors are catering training to the needs of the students who want to learn.

To promote training in the skill at arms, AzCDL is a partner in the “Train Me Arizona” campaign.

We encourage you to become involved also. This is the armed citizenry envisioned by our nation’s founders – aware of our freedoms and exercising them responsibly. Remember, the nation, and the world are watching Arizona. How we, as gun owners and activists, respond to the restoration of our right to bear arms, sets the trend for other states to follow. Wear this responsibility with pride. For more information on the Train Me Arizona campaign, visit:

Know the Law Responsibility includes understanding Arizona gun laws. An excellent FREE resource on the impact of gun laws in Arizona can be found at the DPS website. We have a link to it on AzCDL¡¦s Educational page: educational.html

In the “Arizona Specific” section you will find “Legal Issues Regarding the Use of Lethal Force” by Michael Anthony. We also recommend owning a copy of The Arizona Gun Owner’s Guide.”

You can purchase a copy online at

AzCDL believes that the emphasis of gun laws should be on criminal misuse and that law-abiding citizens should be able to own and carry firearms unaffected by unnecessary laws or regulations. AzCDL was founded by a group of local activists who recognized that a sustained, coordinated, statewide effort was critical to protecting and expanding the rights of law-abiding gun owners. As a like-minded coalition of activists, the AzCDL founders were instrumental in the successful passage of the first major improvement to Arizona’s CCW (concealed carry) laws since they were instituted in 1994. Visit: