If you are a gun owner in Phoenix, it is important to understand your rights and responsibilities. This applies to ownership and transportation of weapons as well as ammunition. Traveling with ammunition in Phoenix is generally legal as long as you can legally carry a firearm.
Of course, there are exceptions to be aware of depending on your location. These exceptions could result in criminal charges with serious consequences. When facing these allegations, consulting a seasoned defense attorney at Grand Canyon Law Group should be a top priority.
Generally, gun owners have the right to carry ammunition in their vehicles if they are legally allowed to have a weapon. Because Arizona is a Constitutional Carry state, there are few limitations when it comes to adults carrying weapons in their personal vehicles. Ammunition can be stored in the car or carried openly alongside a weapon.
However, the law is different for anyone under 21 years of age. Someone aged 18 to 20 can carry a weapon in their vehicle either openly or stored securely in a holster or glove compartment. Ammunition may also be stored this way, as our Phoenix lawyers can explain.
There is no requirement for a person legally carrying a firearm or ammunition in their vehicle to inform police during a traffic stop. That said, it is a good safety precaution to make the police aware of any weapons or ammunition in the vehicle. It is also unlawful to lie to police about having ammunition in your vehicle, even if you have the right to carry it.
Unsurprisingly, there are strict limitations on flying with firearms or ammunition. Weapons and ammunition are always banned beyond security checkpoints. Approaching a security checkpoint with a loaded weapon is a serious criminal offense.
However, there are ways to travel by air with firearms and ammunition in tow. The weapons and ammunition must be stored separately in checked baggage, and travelers must declare these items at the ticket counter as they check in their luggage.
There are additional exceptions to the right to carry ammunition when loaded into a firearm. For example, many public places ban firearms entirely. Carrying a loaded weapon into the fenced parking lot of a business that bans weapons could result in a criminal charge. The same is true for bringing a loaded weapon to a school.
Gun owners should also be aware of the federal laws that apply when leaving Arizona. Federal law requires drivers crossing state lines to remove ammunition from their firearms. This ammunition should be stored out of reach of the driver. Our experienced local attorneys can answer further questions about traveling with ammo in and out of the state and help gun owners understand their rights.
As a legal gun owner in Arizona, you have certain rights to travel with firearms and ammunition within the state. That said, you should know the limitations on these rights to avoid criminal charges. While traveling with ammunition in Phoenix is generally legal, having it on school grounds or at an airport security checkpoint can lead to serious consequences.
Reach out to Grand Canyon Law Group today to learn more about your rights and responsibilities. If you face criminal accusations, we can listen to your side of the story and provide a tailored defense to protect your way of life.