Arizona’s No Guns Allowed Sign
Under Arizona law, there are two types of establishments that can sell alcohol. An off-site and an on-site retailer. Off-site retailers are places like liquor stores. These establishments sell alcohol, but it is illegal to drink on the premises. An on-site retailer is one where it is legal to drink on the premises, like a restaurant or a bar.
‘No Guns’ Signage
There is a lot of confusion when it comes to retail establishments that serve alcohol and the laws regarding guns in them. Most people think that in the state of Arizona, as long as they have a permit, they are allowed to carry a gun in an establishment that serves alcohol as long as they keep it concealed and do not drink. The only time that this applies is when there is not a posted sign saying ‘no guns’.
If the establishment has the proper signage stating that guns are not allowed on the premises, it is illegal to carry a gun, open or concealed.
Requirements for The ‘No Guns’ Signage
In order for the ‘no guns’ sign of an establishment that serves alcohol to be upheld legally, it must follow specific criteria.
- The signage must be located in a place that is in plain view for the public and must be displayed next to the liquor license of the establishment.
- Within the signage, there has to be a pictorial diagram showing a gun within a red circle with a red diagonal line through it.
- The words “no firearms allowed pursuant to A.R.S. § 4-229” must appear on the signage.
- The specific format of the sign:
- The writing on the sign must be made using block letters that are capitalized and black in color.
- The paper in which the sign is printed must be white in color with a minimum weight index of 110 pounds.
- The sign must be laminated.
- The letters and the picture must take up a space that is at least 6 inches by 9 inches.
- The letters stating “no firearms allowed” must be at least three-fourths of an inch tall and all other letters must be at least one-half inch in size.
It is permissible for someone who has a concealed carry weapon permit to carry in an establishment if there is no proper signage on display stating otherwise. As always, law enforcement officers are permitted to carry no matter what signage is on display.
The thing to remember is that if there is proper signage in the establishment it is illegal for any firearm to be carried inside.
Defenses to A.R.S. § 4-229
If you are in trouble with the law for violating A.R.S. § 4-229, there are some defenses that can be used.
- You were not notified of the signage.
- The sign was not displayed or had fallen down at the time of the violation.
- You were not a resident of the state of Arizona at the time of the violation.
- The sign was posted in the establishment less than 30 days prior to the violation.
These defenses do not make you exempt from the violation and you could still be arrested and charged with the violation.
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