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Arizona Restaurant Concealed Carry Law Signed by Governor Brewer…

In a remarkable move forward for AZ CCW permit holders, on July 13th, 2009, Governor Jan Brewer signed into law Senate Bill 1113 which permits limited concealed carry in restaurants in Arizona.  This made Arizona the 41st state to pass such legislation.  The new law takes effect on September 30, 2009.

The bill allows holders of an Arizona CCW permit to carry a concealed weapon in a restaurant or bar that serves alcohol for consumption on premises under the following conditions:

  • The person carrying a firearm must be in possession of a valid AZ CCW permit and government issued photo id.
  • The firearm must be concealed.
  • The restaurant or bar must not have posted a sign at the entrance to the establishment that clearly prohibits the possession of a weapon on the premises.
  • The posted signs must be in compliance with the format specified by law.
  • The permit holder must NOT consume alcohol while on the restaurant or bar premises.
  • The restaurant or bar owner will not be held responsible for any damages associated with any property damage, injury or death that might occur as a result of the actions of any person carrying a firearm into the restaurant unless the restaurant owner is grossly negligent or acts willfully or maliciously with intent to harm.
  • The law does not apply to any person temporarily entering the restaurant or bar to either seek emergency aid or to determine whether or not a sign prohibiting weapons has been posted.
  • Violation of the law is a Class 3 misdemeanor.  The penalty for a Class 3 misdemeanor can include up to 30 days in jail and a fine of up to $500.

The impact of the new law is substantial as prior to its passage, a person that was otherwise permitted to carry a concealed weapon had to secure the firearm in their vehicle if they wanted to enter an establishment that served alcohol.  This essentially meant that a person dining in a restaurant that served alcohol was denied their right to carry a concealed weapon for their own self defense or the defense of their family.  By having to leave the firearm secured in their vehicle, it also made the firearm vulnerable to theft should a vehicle theft or break in occur while they were dining inside.

While the above substantially outlines the requirements of the new law, Arizona CCW Permit holders should carefully review the actual statute changes to insure a complete and accurate understanding of the new law.

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  1. Bryan says:

    Does the new law include bars that DO NOT serve food? Or is just for restaurants that also have bar areas or serve alcohol?

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  2. anonymous_coward says:

    BOYCOTT RUBIOS!

    After complaining about Rubios no firearm policy this is the response I got:

    Dear *******,

    After careful consideration, Rubio’s Restaurants, Inc. has decided to maintain a consistent approach to guest and team member safety across our entire System and have therefore chosen to not allow firearms in our Arizona restaurants. Although we understand that getting a license to carry a concealed weapon can be a thorough process, we have a duty to our guests and team members to make them feel safe and comfortable. We realize that even though not everyone may feel uncomfortable around firearms, we have to make the best decision for the company as a whole. We hope that you can recognize and empathize with our perspective and will continue to patronize our restaurants.

    Sincerely,

    Nick Boutin
    District Manager
    Rubio’s Fresh Mexican Grill

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  3. Doug Little says:

    In the original version of the bill, concealed carry was going to be restricted to establishments with ‘on premises’ kitchens. That requirement was removed in the final version of the legislation. The new bill applies to both bars and restaurants.

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