Guns and Ammo magazine ranked Arizona the best state to carry a concealed weapon based on several factors, such as legal requirements to carry, application fees, and license reciprocity with other states.
Utah came in 9-points behind Arizona in second, followed by Wyoming, New Hampshire and Vermont rounding out the top 5. Washington D.C., one of the nation’s worst areas for gun crime, came in dead last.
Arizona does not require a concealed carry license for state residents to own or carry a firearm – open or concealed. The state’s licensing fees are among the lowest, as are the state’s training requirements before residents can obtain an optional handgun license.
Although well-publicized gun crimes have heightened the political atmosphere in favor of tightening gun laws, states have generally loosened restrictions on gun ownership over the past decade.
Earlier in the year, Guns and Ammo ranked Arizona as the best state for gun owners, citing the border state’s relaxed laws on ownership and the absence of any licensing requirements. Once again, Washington D.C. brings up the rear with the most restrictive gun laws in the nation.