Act of Mar. 18, 1889, 1889 Ariz. Sess. Laws 16–17

Sec. 1. If any person within any settlement, town, village or city within the Territory shall carry on or about his person, saddle, or in his saddlebags, any pistol, dirk, dagger, slung shot, sword cane, spear, brass knuckles, bowie knife, or any other kind of knife manufactured or sold for purposes of offense or defense, he shall be punished by a fine of not less than twenty-five nor more than one hundred dollars; and in addition thereto, shall forfeit to the County in which he is convicted, the weapon or weapons so carried.

Sec. 2. The preceding article shall not apply to a person in actual service as a militiaman, nor as a peace officer or policeman, or person summoned to his aid, nor to a revenue or other civil officer engaged in the discharge of official duty, nor to the carrying of arms on one’s own premises or place of business, nor to persons traveling, nor to one who has reasonable ground for fearing an unlawful attack upon his person, and the danger is so imminent and threatening as not to admit of the arrest of the party about to make such attack upon legal process.

Sec. 3. If any person shall go into any church or religious assembly, any school room, or other place where persons are assembled for amusement or for educational or scientific purposes, or into any circus, show or public exhibition of any kind, or into a ball room, social party or social gathering, or to any election precinct on the day or days of any election, where any portion of the people of this Territory are collected to vote at any election, or to any other place where people may be assembled to minister or to perform any other public duty, or to any other public assembly, and shall have or carry about his person a pistol or other firearm, dirk, dagger, slung shot, sword cane, spear, brass knuckles, bowie knife, or any other kind of a knife manufactured and sol for the purposes of offense or defense, he shall be punished by a fine not less than fifty nor more than five hundred dollars, and shall forfeit to the County the weapon or weapons so found on his person.

Sec. 4. The preceding article shall not apply to peace officers, or other persons authorized or permitted by law to carry arms at the places therein designated.

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Sec. 6. Persons traveling may be permitted to carry arms within settlements or towns of the Territory for one-half hour after arriving in such settlements or town, and while going out of such towns or settlements; and Sheriffs and Constables of the various Counties of this Territory and their lawfully appointed deputies may carry weapons in the legal discharge of the duties of their respective offices.

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Ordinance No. 9: Carrying Deadly Weapons, Jan. 28, 1873, reprinted in Arizona Weekly Citizen (Tucson, Arizona), Feb. 8, 1873, at 2.

SEC. 1. Every person not being a peace officer, who shall wear or carry any dirk, dirk-knife, gun, pistol, sword in a cane, slung-shot or other dangerous or deadly weapon, contrary to the provisions of this ordinance, within the inhabited portions of the corporate limits of the Village of Tuscon, shall upon conviction before the Recorder be fined in any sum not exceeding ten dollars, or be imprisoned for a period not exceeding ten days, or by both such fine and imprisonment in the discretion of the court.

SEC. 2. It shall be the duty of the Village Marshal or any peace officer to notify all persons who he may observe with any dangerous or deadly weapon, in violation of section one of this ordinance, to at once remove the same, stating to the person so notified that it is a violation of the ordinances of the Village of Tuscon to carry any arms, dangerous or deadly weapon, and if any person, after having been so notified by the Marshal or a peace officer, shall refuse, fail or neglect for a period of two hours to remove the same, it shall be the duty of the Marshal or peace officer to take any dirk, dirk-knife, gun, pistol, sword in a cane, slung-shot or other dangerous or deadly weapon from the party upon whose person it may be found, and arrest any such person so offending and take him before the Recorder, who shall fine the party so offending in any sum not exceeding ten dollars, or be imprisoned for any period not exceeded ten days, or by both such fine and imprisonment in the discretion of the court; provided, that nothing in this section contained shall be construed to prohibit the Marshal or any peace officer from disarming any person at once upon giving the notification hereinbefore required if he has good reason to believe that a breach of the peace is contemplated or may ensue.




Tombstone, Ariz., Ordinance 9 (Apr. 19, 1881)

1. It is hereby declared unlawful for any person to carry deadly weapons, concealed or otherwise (except the same be carried openly in sight, and in the hand) within the limits of the City of Tombstone.

2. This provision does not extend to persons immediately leaving or entering the city who with good faith and within reasonable time dispense with their deadly weapons.

3. All officers of the law and their deputies are not bound by this decree in the execution of their duties.

4. Any person or persons violating this ordinance shall be found guilty of a misdemeanor and shall be fined a sum of two hundred and fifty dollars or shall be imprisoned in the city jail for 30 days or both.




An Act to prevent and punish the sale of Arms and Ammunitions to Indians, Sec. 1., in The Compiled Laws of the Territory of Arizona 99 (John P. Hoyt ed., 1877).

“Sec. 1. Any person or persons within this Territory who shall sell or give arms or ammunition to any Indians, or repair arms for them, shall, upon conviction thereof, be punished as follows . . . .”




1936 Ariz. Sess. Laws 204, Game and Fish Preservation, § 1543.

It shall be unlawful for any person to take into the field or forest, or to have in his possession, while hunting wild animals or birds, any device designed to silence, muffle or minimize the report of any firearm, whether separated from or attached to such firearm. It shall be unlawful to kill or attempt to kill any deer, bear . . . except through the use of a gun propelling one ball or bullet at a single charge. Provided, however, that no ball or bullet weighing less than 87 grains may be used in taking deer, elk . . . The gun or implement used by any person in illegally killing any song or insectivorous bird is a nuisance and may be seized by any peace officer and confiscated by the warden for not more than one year.




1912 Ariz. Sess. Laws 253, § 24.

It shall be unlawful for any person to shoot a rifle, revolver, or shotgun of any caliber or guage (gauge) upon, from, or across any public highway of the State of Arizona, where there is cultivated land or dwelling houses either side, thereof, or where shot from such gun shall fall in, or pass over any cultivated land or dwelling houses, or among stock, or other animals grazing on land contiguous to such public highway.




1907 Ariz. Sess. Laws 15, An Act to Prohibit Officers from Carrying Firearms While Under the Influence of Liquor and for Other Purposes, ch. 16, § 1.

It shall be unlawful for any constable or other peace officer in the Territory of Arizona, while under the influence of intoxicating liquor of any kind, to carry or have on his person a pistol, gun, or other firearm, or while so intoxicated to strike any person, or to strike at any person with a pistol, gun or other firearm . . .




1901 Ariz. Acts 1252, Crimes and Punishments, §§ 387 and 391.

§ 387 If any person shall go into church or religious assembly, any school room, or other place where persons are assembled for amusement or for educational or scientific purposes, or into any circus, show or public exhibition of any kind or into a ball room, social party or social gathering, to to any election precinct, on the day or days of any election, where any portion of the people of this territory are collected to vote at any election, or to any other place where people may be assembled to minister, or to perform any other public duty, or to any other public assembly, and shall have or carry about his person a pistol or other firearm, dirk, dagger, slung-shot, sword-cane, spear, brass knuckles, bowie knife or any other kind of knife manufactured and sold for the purposes of offense or defense, he shall be punished by a fine not less than fifty or more than five hundred dollars, and shall forfeit to the county the weapon or weapons so found on his person. § 391: It shall be the duty of the keeper of each and every hotel, boarding house and drinking saloon, to keep posted in a conspicuous place in his bar room, or reception room . . . a plain notice to travelers to divest themselves of their weapons in accordance with section 382 of this act, and the sheriffs of the various counties shall notify th ekeeprs of hotels, boarding houses and drinking saloons, in their respoective counties, of their duties under this law, and if after such notificiation any keeper of a hotel, boarding house or drinking saloon shall fail to keep notices posted, as required by this act, he shall, on conviction thereof before a justice of the peace, be fined in the sum of five dollars, to go to the county treasury.




1901 Ariz. Acts 1251, Crimes Against the Public Peace, § 381.

Any person who shall, purposely or carelessly, discharge any gun, pistol or other firearm in any saloon, dance house, store or other public house or business house in this territory, thereby endangering the life or person of another, or thereby disturbing any of the inmates thereof, or who shall thereby injure, destroy or damage any property therein, or who shall discharge the same in any city, village or town of this territory, except in necessary self-defense, shall be fined in any sum not exceeding three hundred dollars, or be imprisoned in the county jail for a period not exceeding six months, or shall by punished by both such fine and imprisonment




1901 Ariz. Acts 1253, Crimes Against the Public Peace, § 392.

Every person who, not in necessary self-defense, in the presence of two or more persons, draws or exhibits any deadly weapon in a rude, angry or threatening manner, or who, in any manner, unlawfully uses the same in any fight or quarrel, is guilty of a misdemeanor.