Jim Neff, NRA Senior Training Counselor, owner of Generations Firearm Training and Chief Instructor at Rio Salado Sportsman’s Club has a few tips for those of you who might want to carry your sidearm with you while you’re here.
Gun carry in Arizona.
I would like to welcome our visitors from other states during the NRA National Convention. These are some quick laws for those who are visiting us. I can’t list all the statutes covering Arizona’s right to carry but here are a few of the ones I think might help our visitors.
Arizona is a right to carry state. Anyone who can legally own a gun may carry a handgun “open “. This means it is clearly visible and puts others on notice you are carrying a gun. Carrying “concealed” means carrying a weapon on your person in such a manner that “it is hidden from ordinary observation” or “ordinary sight”. Arizona recognizes all other states CCW permits.
While carrying a gun…
1.You cannot enter an establishment that serves alcohol for consumption on the premises.
2.You cannot enter an establishment that’s posted no weapons allowed.
3.If you are asked to leave an establishment or remove your gun you must comply even if it’s not posted.
4.You can only use deadly force against unlawful deadly force.
5.There is no duty to retreat.
6.You are not required to inform a police officer you are carrying a weapon unless you are asked, although it is strongly advised to volunteer the information.
Please enjoy your stay in Arizona and enjoy the freedoms some others in the U.S. don’t get to enjoy.
Be Safe. Have Fun
Generations Firearm Training LLC
This posting is to be considered as a guideline and not a direct legal opinion. If you have concerns, please contact an attorney.
Now, what to do when you’re here in Phoenix.
Plan on spending an extra day in the area before or after the convention. Phoenix is a great town, but most of the unique tourist opportunities around here aren’t in Phoenix itself, although a trip to the Boyce-Thompson Arboretum, Desert Botanical Gardens or Superstition Mountains to look for the Lost Dutchman Mine would be definitely worth your while.
A day’s drive outside of Phoenix, though, takes you into Sedona, one of the prettiest places in a state chock-full of beautiful landscapes, and my favorite day trip (Wickenburg via US60 to Prescott via US89 then back to Phoenix) is also a day’s journey from Phoenix. Be sure to stop at Whiskey Row for some grub and refreshments along the way.
South of here is the Old Pueblo, Tucson, with it’s famous movie studio (yes, that is the church from the opening scene of Tombstone). And speaking of Tombstone, it’s only a few hours away from Phoenix, as is the wonders of the Kartchner Caverns. There’s the cool pines of Payson for those who want to get away, or the Casa Grande to the south, with it’s imposing indian ruins or the north, there’s Montezuma’s Castle and the laid-back lifestyle of Flagstaff.
But all of that is more or less a day there and back. As I said, Phoenix is a lot of fun, but most of the fun is a half-day away.
Now, if you’re into golf, you’ll LOVE Phoenix. We’ve got a lot of great courses (including one of the top-rated municipal courses in the world), and tee times will be easy to get in May once most of the snowbirds have left.
If you want to get in some trigger time while you’re here, we have one of the best ranges in the country, the Ben Avery Shooting Facility in north Phoenix, along with two other excellent outdoor ranges, Rio Salado Sportsman’s Club and the Phoenix Rod and Gun Club. We also have three indoor ranges, the Scottsdale Gun Club, Shooter’s World over on the West Side, and Caswell’s in Mesa. I’ve shot at all of these, and all have great facilities and professional, courteous staff.
But I’m partial to Rio, ’cause that’s my home range.
The convention will be held in the newly-revamped Phoenix Convention Center, and it’s close to some great restaurants and entertainment options. There’s an AMC theater multi-plex nearby, and for eating, there’s Majerle’s (owned by a former Phoenix Sun), Alice Cooperstown (A rock’n’roll-themed restaurant owned by Alice himself), a Friday’s that’s built right into the home field of the Arizona Diamondbacks, plus scores of other restaurants and bars downtown. Keep in mind, though, that if it’s got a liquor license, you’ll have to leave your gun behind.
Shopping options abound. Scottsdale Fashion Square and the Biltmore Fashion Park offer upscale, elegant shopping, and there’s plenty of other malls and shops and art stores to explore. Old Town Scottsdale, with it’s heritage of western art and indian jewelry, would be another good way to spend a lazy afternoon.
You’ll also be coming to the epicenter of Sonoran Mexican cuisine, so be prepared to chow down on chimichangas, flautas, carne asada (¡ricisimás!) and my fav, chiles rellenos, accompanied with some Tecate and Negro Modelo, of course. (BTW, if you’re into craft beer, Four Peaks Brewery makes some darn good stuff, include their award-winning Kiltlifter Scottish Ale and a darn fine peach beer. And I hate most fruit beers. But this one’s good. REALLY good. I digress.). For steaks, there’s Monti’s La Casa Vieja, Rustler’s Roost or the sweeping views of Pinnacle Peak Steakhouse. And I’d be remiss if I failed to mention Los Dos Molinos, a favorite of ExurbanJon and home to some best (and hottest) New Mexican-style food you’ll ever have.
Bring your camera, bring your shooting iron (If you want), and bring your appetite. And be prepared to have a good time.
Phoenix-area readers: What did I miss?
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February 28th, 2009 by admindude