Question: Is it legal for someone over the age of 18 to carry a bb gun (pistol) without any sort of permit as long as it is visible?
In general, a person may carry in public a weapon that is not concealed. There are exceptions, however.
One cannot carry a weapon into a school, into any public building or establishment, into any building which has signs prohibiting weapons, into a public event, into a polling place on the day of an election, or into a nuclear or hydroelectric generating station. (ARS 13-3102).
Also, a person may not carry a weapon if that person is a prohibited possessor.(ARS 13-3101(A)(6)(a) through 13-3101(A)(6)(e)). It is a class 4 felony for prohibited possessors to have a gun in their possession. Prohibited possessors are:
- persons convicted of a felony who have not had their right to carry reinstated by the court
- persons adjudicated as delinquent and who have not had their right to carry reinstated by the court (If the 18-year old was in trouble in juvenile court at any time, he should consult his attorney about getting his rights reinstated.)
- persons found to be a danger to self or others as defined in ARS section 36-540 and whose court ordered mental health treatment has not been terminated by court order
- persons serving time in any correction or detention facility,
- persons on probation for felonies or for domestic violence, on parole, on community supervision, on release from jail, on work furlough from jail, on house arrest, or other probation
- persons defined as prohibited possessors under federal law.