Quick Legal Facts
Deadly weapons may not be possessed in a polling place on any election day or on school grounds. There is no "pocket knife" exception for school grounds or polling places on election day.
The Arizona State Constitution recognizes the right of individual citizens to bear arms.
Section 26. The right of the individual citizen to bear arms n defense of himself or the state shall not be impaired, but nothing in this section shall be construed as authorizing individuals or corporations to organize, maintain or employ an armed body of men.
A.R.S. Const. Art. 2 § 26
The law regarding the carrying of weapons, including knives, in Arizona may be found at A.R.S. § 13-3102.
There are no per se forbidden knives in Arizona, but knives are illegal to carry concealed unless they are “pocket knives.” There is no definition in case law or statute of what constitutes a “pocket knife.”
A.R.S. § 13-3102. Misconduct involving weapons; defenses; classification; definitions
(1) Carrying a deadly weapon except a pocket knife concealed on his person or within his immediate control in or on a means of transportation:
(a) In the furtherance of a serious offense as defined in § 13-706, a violent crime as defined in § 13-901.03 or any other felony offense; or
(b) When contacted by a law enforcement officer and failing to accurately answer the officer if the officer asks whether the person is carrying a concealed deadly weapon; or
(2) Carrying a deadly weapon except a pocket knife concealed on his person or concealed within his immediate control in or on a means of transportation if the person is under twenty-one years of age; or
Yes – A.R.S. § 13-3120.
Arizona law provides that persons under the age of twenty-one (21) may not carry a deadly weapon, although this prohibition does not apply to a “pocket knife.” A.R.S. § 13-3102(A)(2).
Deadly weapons may not be possessed in a polling place on any election day or on school grounds. A.R.S. § 13-3102(A)(11-12). There is no “pocket knife” exception for school grounds or polling places on election day.