Except for approved hunting, target shooting is absolutely forbidden. Arizona State Trust Land is not considered public land. The property is utilized for the 13 trust beneficiaries in Arizona. They include universities, museums, conservation groups and other organizations that use the land for educational or research purposes.
People can report violations of this restriction to the Office of the Attorney General/Civil Litigation Division by calling 1-800-352-9415 or visiting www.azag.gov. Employees of the AG's office may discuss possible criminal charges but cannot make any decisions about whether there has been a crime committed.
The only way to resolve a concern over someone shooting on trust land is through civil litigation. The person who believes they have been injured by a gun shot on trust land has two options: file a claim with the applicable beneficiary or submit a private lawsuit against the shooter.
Claims against trust beneficiaries are usually handled through the trust's insurance carrier. If you believe someone has violated the terms of their settlement agreement by shooting on trust land, contact the attorney who negotiated the agreement to determine your rights.
Settlement agreements for trust lands must be in writing and signed by the appropriate parties.
Shooting is prohibited in state parks and on state trust lands. Understand your goal and what is beyond it. Shots can travel more than a mile across the open desert. If you fire a shot, even one with fertilizer on it, it could be reported by a neighbor or discovered by a ranger later. They may call police to report an abandoned vehicle in their yard.
It's best not to risk it if you don't have to. These lands are supposed to be used for public purposes. If you get in trouble while shooting photos, find a safe place to hide your gear and stay there until it's time to go home.
The best time of year to visit state parks and trust lands is during the winter months when temperatures are lower and there's less chance of being hit by lightning. The spring and fall bring beautiful flowers to be photographed, but be aware that hikers and campers will be around those areas too.
Summertime brings high temperatures to most parts of Arizona. That makes roads and parking lots very hot to walk through or drive over. Be careful not to put yourself or others at risk.
Winter can be just as dangerous if you aren't prepared for cold weather. Make sure you have enough food and water for the length of your trip.
In accordance with state law, you may carry a handgun when visiting Arizona's national forests. In addition to state restrictions, you must follow federal requirements while using a firearm on National Forest System properties. In the following national forest areas, firearms are not permitted to be discharged: Apache Canyon, Bass Park, Black Mountain, Bradshaw Mountain, Bullhead City, Cottonwood, Denali, Escalante River, Four Peaks, Glen Canyon, Guano Point, Humphreys Peak, Ice Caves, Kaibab National Forest, Lake Mary, Marble Canyon, Mazatzin, Mount Wrightson, Navajo Falls, North Rim, Oak Creek, Rainbow Bridge, Red Rock Canyon, South Rim, Superior, Walnut Canyon.
Carrying a gun is also prohibited in most national parks. The only exception is when you receive special permission from the park service to carry your weapon. Check with rangers before you go to find out if this permission is granted for any particular area of the park. Other than these locations, guns are not allowed in national parks.
Federal law requires that you be able to show "validity" of your license to carry a concealed pistol. This means that you must carry proof of valid licensing information with you at all times while in an authorized state where it is legal to carry a concealed firearm. If questioned by a police officer, you will need to be able to prove that you are licensed to carry a concealed weapon.
Any building, structure, land, vehicles, or property owned or leased by the federal government is considered a federal building. In contrast to other states in the United States, Arizona state law does not require anybody carrying a handgun to inform local police authorities, even if it is concealed. There are several exceptions including people who are under indictment for a crime, those convicted of certain misdemeanors and fugitives from justice who are wanted by the police.
In Arizona, there is no requirement to carry liability insurance. However, all registered owners of motor vehicles must have proof of financial responsibility before they can be issued a driver's license. This could be either through auto insurance or through purchasing liability coverage through an insurance company licensed to do business in Arizona. If you get into an accident without having proof of financial responsibility, you will be able to be sued. The judge will decide at that time what kind of security should be given by you to compensate your victim.
The only type of firearm that is allowed in public places in Arizona is a hand gun. A hand gun is defined as an object that contains a pistol-like grip along with one or more chambers where bullets are held. This would include rifles but not shotguns or other weapons.
People who want to carry a concealed weapon in Arizona must apply for a permit. You can apply for this permit at any police station in the state.