It’s not like I thought he would eventually become rational or anything. Tom Brokaw is not comfortable walking into an Arizona bar on a Saturday night since the state allows their law-abiding citizens to carry a pistol for self-defense. He states the system is “wide open.” That’s a total lie.
First and foremost Tom, you don’t have to worry about the law-abiding citizen that purchased a handgun legally at a gun store after going through the federally mandated background check. Criminals have always carried pistols and other dangerous weapons in Arizona, Chicago, New York City and Los Angeles.
I can show Brokaw that criminals do carry weapons and occasionally attack people in Central Park. Will he then be afraid to walk through Central Park? Probably not, he seems more concerned about those who went through the federally mandated background check.
Arizona citizens felt that since the state was doing little more then collecting an additional fee and completing federal background check, the process was redundant and they went with constitutional carry. If you meet the requirements, you’re good to go.
A prohibited person in Arizona is one …
- who has been found to constitute a danger to himself or to others or to be persistently or acutely disabled or gravely disabled pursuant to court order under section 36-540, and whose right to possess a firearm has not been restored pursuant to section 13-925;
- who has been convicted within or without this state of a felony or who has been adjudicated delinquent and whose civil right to possess or carry a gun or firearm has not been restored; who is at the time of possession serving a term of imprisonment in any correctional facility or detention facility;
- who is at the time of possession serving a term of probation pursuant to a conviction for a domestic violence offense as defined in section 13-3601 or a felony offense, parole, community supervision, work furlough, home arrest or release on any other basis or who is serving a term of probation or parole pursuant to the interstate compact under title 31, chapter 3, article 4;
- who is an undocumented alien or a nonimmigrant alien traveling with or without documentation in this state for business or pleasure or who is studying in this state and who maintains a foreign residence abroad.
Then of course, there is the right of property owners – the owner of a business can elect to ban firearms in their place of business. There are specific rules in place to notify customers, and the state provides the signs for free.
Criminals don’t care about signs and they don’t care about laws. Tom Brokaw needs to come to understand that fact.
Note: Arizona does allow face-to-face sales of firearms between state residents. In these instances, personal responsibility is the rule of law for both parties, but state and federal prohibitions still apply. If you knowingly sell to a prohibited person, you are a criminal. If you buy a gun and you are a prohibited person, you are a criminal.