Arizona Violence in the Workplace: What you need to know

The state prohibits the carrying of firearms and deadly weapons on school grounds, at nuclear generating plants, and at polling places on election days unless specifically authorized by law.

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Owners of private businesses, including grocery and convenience stores, banks, and offices, or their designees, may prohibit weapons, including firearms, from being brought onto the property, including parking areas (unless allowed by the Parking lot law discussed below) whether signs are posted or not (AZ Rev. Stat. Sec. 13-1502). Failure to comply with the prohibition can result in arrest for trespassing.

Parking lot law. State law prohibits a private employer or business entity from establishing, or enforcing a policy or rule that prohibits a person from lawfully transporting or lawfully storing any firearm that is both in the person's locked and privately owned motor vehicle or in a locked compartment on the person's privately owned motorcycle and not visible from the outside of the motor vehicle or motorcycle (AZ Rev. Stat. Sec. 12-781).

The law does not apply if:

  • The possession of the firearm is prohibited by federal or state law.
  • The motor vehicle is owned or leased by the employer and is used by an employee in the course of the employment, unless the employee is required to store or transport a firearm in the official discharge of the employee's duties or if the employer consents to the transportation or storage of the firearm.
  • The employer provides a parking lot, parking garage, or other area designated for parking motor vehicles, that is secured by a fence or other physical barrier, limits access by a guard or other security measure, and provides temporary and secure firearm storage. Note that the storage must be ...

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