In the 'Zona

Significant firearms-friendly laws go into effect in Arizona.

With so much attention focused on Arizona's controversial immigration law, some other nationally significant measures adopted in Tucson last spring have been overlooked.

For instance, starting July 29, Arizonans won't need a permit to carry a concealed weapon, and Arizona cities can no longer regulate guns or knives.

Arizona joins Alaska and Vermont as the only states that do not require licensed gun owners to have a permit to carry a concealed weapon.

The other firearms-related law preempts cities from enacting their own rules about possession, sale, licensing or registration of guns or knives. The new law overrules any local ordinance which is more restrictive, even if it is already on the books.

This specifically includes restrictions that now exist in some cities limiting when a gun can be carried into a park.

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