THE TRUTH ABOUT ARIZONA’S SELF DEFENSE LAWS

KNOWLEDGE OF ARIZONA’S GUN LAWS AS RELATED TO SELF DEFENSE IS ESSENTIAL FOR ALL RESPONSIBLY ARMED CITIZENS

Arizona Revised Statutes Title 13, Chapters 4 And 31 Are Required Learning For Issuance Of An Arizona Concealed Carry Of Weapons Permit. 

Arizona has very favorable gun laws. Unfortunately, the laws are full of grey areas and are often confusing as related to self defense. To add to the confusion, there is a great deal of misinformation available on the internet and social media. Sadly, bad information and opinions are often passed to students through various concealed carry classes conducted by instructors that mean well, but are simply not well versed in the actual laws of Arizona and how they apply to concealed carry, personal protection and home defense.

Concealed Carry Weapons Misconduct

You would be surprised to learn how many people are carrying concealed and inadvertently breaking the law everyday. Ignorance is not a defense you can hang your hopes on while facing a judge and jury so a clear understanding Arizona’s Firearm Laws is an essential part of being a responsible citizen and staying out of trouble.

Arizona is considered a “constitutional carry” state in regard to private individuals carrying firearms. The phrase “constitutional carry” means that the state’s laws allow eligible residents and visitors to carry firearms in accordance with the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. You do not need to go to great lengths to own or carry a gun in Arizona but obtaining your Arizona Concealed Carry Of Weapons Permit (from a qualified instructor) will arm you with the knowledge to keep you from getting into legal problems.

We recognize the gun laws in Arizona offer residents and non-residents a large degree of freedom, but with such freedom comes great responsibilities. Arizona is not “The Wild West” so there are rules and limitations that apply to the concealed carry of firearms, and violations could lead to severe criminal consequences. You don’t need to pull the trigger to get into serious trouble. The foundation of the Safehouse Defense Program is teaching members the legalities and realities of Arizona’s Self Defense Laws so you can avoid legal problems.

Concealed Carry Rules in Arizona

Any person who is age 21 years or older is allowed to have a weapon concealed on his or her person or in a vehicle. A person under the age of 21 may open carry a weapon, provided that he or she is at least 18. In addition to the age requirements, an individual must also be allowed by law to possess a firearm. “Prohibited possessors” include those who have been convicted of a felony, anyone adjudicated as incompetent or a danger to themselves or others, and individuals on probation, parole, house arrest, or in jail or prison.

There are also limitations as to where you are allowed to carry a concealed weapon. Various statutes address prohibited locations, which include:

  • Nuclear power stations and hydroelectric power facilities;
  • Polling places during any election;
  • School grounds, including the campuses of elementary, middle, and high schools;
  • On the grounds of a jail, prison, or any other correctional facility, including juvenile detention facilities;
  • Any private establishment or public event where firearms are expressly prohibited. This is most often expressed by posted “no weapons” signs.

Concealed carry in certain locations, such as bars and restaurants that serve alcohol, is only allowed for those who have obtained an Arizona Concealed Weapon Permit (CWP).

Carrying a concealed weapon in a prohibited location without a CWP is prosecutable as a Class 1 misdemeanor in most cases, punishable by up to six months in jail and a fine of up to $2,500. If the location is a nuclear or hydroelectric power station, the charge is likely to be a Class 4 felony. A conviction could result in up to three years and nine months in prison for a first offense. Carrying a concealed weapon as a prohibited possessor is also a Class 4 felony.

Castle Doctrine and Self-Defense

For the purposes of protecting yourself, your family, and your home, Arizona is considered a “Castle Doctrine” state, and you are allowed to “stand your ground.” Castle Doctrine laws are based on the idea that you have the right to be safe in your own home—your “castle”—and you are under no obligation to retreat from your home to stay safe. You also have the right to use force to protect yourself, your family, and your property, in certain circumstances. Understanding these laws and, more importantly, applying them properly while in a self-defense situation is where the real risks come into play. It’s a delicate legal balance that could land you in jail if not handled skillfully.

“Stand Your Ground” laws are similar and apply outside of your home as well. If you are in a place where you are legally allowed to be and are not otherwise breaking the law, you are not required to retreat if another person threatens your safety or assaults you. Great law, but if you can get away, wouldn’t that be a smarter choice?

Under both the Castle Doctrine laws and the Stand Your Ground principles in Arizona, you are allowed to use reasonable force in proportion to the threat against you when it is immediately necessary to protect yourself or others from possible deadly force. However, deadly force is not considered justified simply to stop vandalism, theft or other property crimes. The legally grey words here are reasonable, proportional, immediate and will probably be defined and decided by a jury.

The SafeHouse Defense Legal Concierge Program

As a member of Tim Forshey’s Safehouse Defense Legal Concierge Program, you will have the assurance of an established legal retainer agreement in place to handle any Self-Defense, Accident, Personal Injury or Wrongful Death matter which, unfortunately, could arise in your life. There is, regrettably, no way to eliminate the risk of such events from our lives, but there is a way to minimize the cost of handling them when/if they DO arise.

The Safehouse Defense Legal Concierge Program provides the critical legal services related to self-defense, home defense cases and firearms laws. In the horrific event that you are required to use a firearm in defense of a human life, you will know that our firm, with over 30 years of experience in both legal and practical firearms issues, will be representing you. I assure you, the Second Amendment is at least as important to us as it is to you. The small monthly or annual retainer fee you pay establishes the attorney-client relationship now (before you need it, in an emergency) and allows you to access our firm’s legal services without charge or at drastically reduced rates. This concierge program, where you already know us and vice-versa, before a tragedy, can be invaluable emotionally as well as financially.

How SafeHouse Defense Legal Concierge Program Works

Members of The SafeHouse Defense Legal Concierge Program will have access to an attorney-client relationship with our firm. That means our firm is available at any time for legal consultation and, in the event eligible legal services are needed by the member, representation. If you need us—call us. As a member we can get to work for you right away. No interviews, no hefty upfront retainer fees, no wasted time.

Benefits of Membership

*50 State Self Defense Legal Protection

*24/7/365 Attorney-Answered Emergency Hotline

*Uncapped Attorney Fees for Criminal Defense/ Self Defense and Civil Cases

*Bail Bond up to $250,000, Expert Witness, Investigator Fees, Lost Wages, Expungement Of Criminal Record On Non-Conviction Incidents, Incident / Crime Scene Clean-Up and Coordination of Counseling Support.

*Individual and Family Plans Available To Include Spouse And Minor Children

*Free Multi-State Arizona Concealed Carry Certification Classes (38 States including Arizona)

*Discounted Attorney Drafted NFA Trusts And Wills

*Access to Free Members Only Online and Local In-Person Classes, Vendor Demo, Range Day Shooting Events And Discounts On Ammunition, Holsters, Gear, Firearms, Suppressors, Private Shooting Lessons And More.

*Forshey Law legal services also cover members in areas of law outside of firearms and self-defense. Our program includes all types of Personal Injury / Motor Vehicle, Accidents, DUI, Wrongful Termination and Civil Rights cases.

*Personal Injury contingency fees are limited to 25% of any gross recovery obtained before starting litigation and 33% for any gross recovery after starting litigation, instead of our non-member rates of 33% and 40%.

*Provides $100 “Safehouse Defense” consults (normally $350) to assist in preparing for and avoiding illegal decisions made without foreknowledge.

Minimize the Risk/Expense of Legal Representation

It is far better, and less expensive, to prepare for and stay out of trouble than to try to get out of trouble. We call the implementation of this concept your Safehouse Defense Strategy. This concept will help you fortify your personal, family and home defense strategy before trouble happens. Typical retainer fees for self-protection cases in Arizona start at about $30,000 and at hourly rates of $450 to $600 per hour. Our unique “self-defense avoidance” consults, classes and seminars give you information/advice which will vastly reduce “ignorance of the law,” which, as we all know, is “no excuse.” In the event your prophylactic efforts prove insufficient, your membership limits your financial risk in dealing with the horrific aftermath of your ordeal.

PROTECT YOURSELF & FAMILY BY JOINING TODAY!

In the aftermath of a home invasion, an assault, a car jacking or a car accident you should not have to worry about finding an attorney and negotiating a retainer fee, hourly rates or a fee structure. Our Safehouse Defense Concierge Legal Service Plans put our Law Firm at your fingertips at greatly reduced rates so you have the peace of mind having a trusted local law firm on speed dial and ready to go to work to protect your interests. Our plans are affordable and include a variety of options including free or discounted Arizona CCW Classes and Certifications, NFA Trusts, Wills and Tim Forshey’s Safehouse Defense Consults to help you prepare for and minimize risks of violent encounters in your daily life. You can choose from the Individual Premium or Family Premium to cover your entire household. Take a look at the plans below and let us know if you have any questions. The Safehouse Defense Membership Team can be reached at 1-602-691-6900 or via email at Support@SafehouseDefense.com

  • IN PARTNERSHIP WITH
    Set up fee is non-refundable. If you sign up and prepay annually, the $100 set up fee is waived.
  • INDIVIDUAL BENEFITS INCLUDE:
  • Protection in all 50 states
  • Uncapped payment (attorney fees) for defense of criminal cases
  • Uncapped payment (attorney fees) for defense of civil cases
  • Protection extends to all legal weapons
  • Defense of Extreme Risk-Protection orders (Red Flag Laws)
  • Access to 24/7 emergency attorney-answered hotline
  • Expungement of criminal record on (non-conviction) incidents
  • Payment of expert witness fees
  • Payment of investigator fees
  • Coordination of counseling support
  • Payment of loss wages during trial
  • Incident scene clean-up provided
  • Access to digital content and discounts
  • ARIZONA CONCIERGE LEGAL SERVICES
  • SAFEHOUSE DEFENSE CONSULTS $100
    ($450 VALUE)
    Our unique “SafeHouse Defense Preventative Consult" gives you personally tailored information/advice which will vastly reduce ignorance of the law, which, as we all know, is “no excuse.” In the event your preventative efforts prove insufficient, your membership limits your financial risk in dealing with the horrific aftermath of your ordeal.
  • Most Other Criminal Cases
    50% reduction of fees
  • Orders Of Protection (Defense)
    50% reduction of fees
  • DUI
    50% reduction of fees
  • Motor Vehicle Accidents
    Substantially Reduced Contingency Fees
  • Wrongful Death
    Substantially Reduced Contingency Fees
  • Brain Injury/Spinal Cord Injury
    Substantially Reduced Contingency Fees
  • Defective Products
    Substantially Reduced Contingency Fees
  • Dog Bites
    Substantially Reduced Contingency Fees
  • Slip And Fall
    Substantially Reduced Contingency Fees
  • All Serious Injuries
    Substantially Reduced Contingency Fees
  • Wrongful Termination
    Substantially Reduced Contingency Fees
  • SIMPLE WILL INDIVIDUAL $600
    (PER PERSON - $1200 VALUE)
    Includes Power of Attorney & Etc.
  • NFA TRUST $400 ($1200 VALUE)
  • GET (2) FREE AZ CCW ONLINE COURSE
    ($200 VALUE)
    Gift to a friend, family or co-worker.
  • * SHD Non-Firearms Related Services - Client remains responsible for any/all reasonable associated costs/expenses (i.e. expert witnesses, polygraphs, background checks, etc).
  • IN PARTNERSHIP WITH
    Set up fee is non-refundable. If you sign up and prepay annually, the $100 set up fee is waived.
  • FAMILY BENEFITS INCLUDE:
  • Protection in all 50 states
  • Uncapped payment (attorney fees) for defense of criminal cases
  • Uncapped payment (attorney fees) for defense of civil cases
  • Protection extends to all legal weapons
  • Defense of Extreme Risk-Protection orders (Red Flag Laws)
  • Access to 24/7 emergency attorney-answered hotline
  • Expungement of criminal record on (non-conviction) incidents
  • Payment of expert witness fees
  • Payment of investigator fees
  • Coordination of counseling support
  • Payment of loss wages during trial
  • Incident scene clean-up provided
  • Access to digital content and discounts
  • Benefits for a spouse or partner
    Living at the same residence address
  • Benefits for all minor children (17 years of age and younger)
    Children living at the same residence address
  • ARIZONA CONCIERGE LEGAL SERVICES
  • SAFEHOUSE DEFENSE CONSULTS $100
    ($450 VALUE)
    Our unique “SafeHouse Defense Preventative Consult" gives you personally tailored information/advice which will vastly reduce ignorance of the law, which, as we all know, is “no excuse.” In the event your preventative efforts prove insufficient, your membership limits your financial risk in dealing with the horrific aftermath of your ordeal.
  • Most Other Criminal Cases
    50% reduction of fees
  • Orders Of Protection (Defense)
    50% reduction of fees
  • DUI
    50% reduction of fees
  • Motor Vehicle Accidents
    Substantially Reduced Contingency Fees
  • Wrongful Death
    Substantially Reduced Contingency Fees
  • Brain Injury/Spinal Cord Injury
    Substantially Reduced Contingency Fees
  • Defective Products
    Substantially Reduced Contingency Fees
  • Dog Bites
    Substantially Reduced Contingency Fees
  • Slip And Fall
    Substantially Reduced Contingency Fees
  • All Serious Injuries
    Substantially Reduced Contingency Fees
  • Wrongful Termination
    Substantially Reduced Contingency Fees
  • SIMPLE WILL FAMILY $1000
    (PER PERSON - $2400 VALUE)
    Includes Power of Attorney & Etc.
  • NFA TRUST $300 ($1200 VALUE)
  • GET (4) FREE AZ CCW ONLINE COURSES
    ($400 VALUE)
    Gift to a friend, family or co-worker.
  • * SHD Non-Firearms Related Services - Client remains responsible for any/all reasonable associated costs/expenses (i.e. expert witnesses, polygraphs, background checks, etc).

Frequently Asked Questions

Please read our Frequently Asked Questions below. Or, feel free to submit this inquiry form or give us a call at 1-602-691-6900

Safehouse Defense is the Concierge Legal Services Membership Plan developed by Arizona Attorney Timothy A. Forshey. Enrolled members of the Safehouse Defense Legal Concierge Program can access legals services provided by Tim Forshey’s Law Firm for free or at discounted rates. The plan allows members to receive free or reduced rates for Self-Defense, Criminal Defense, Personal Injury / Accidents, Wills and Firearms related matters such as NFA Trusts. Besides the Legal Service, enrolled member benefits also include local ongoing Self-Protection and Home Defense education, Arizona Concealed Carry Certification, legal seminars and range day shooting instruction and events. The Safehouse Defense Plan philosophy is built on the foundation that with proper education, mindset, planning and hands-on training our members can avoid conflict and minimize the legal ramifications that may come from protecting oneself or family.

The Safehouse Defense Membership Program is administered locally by a team of professionals hand-selected by Tim Forshey to deliver the highest level of customer service to members of the program. Please email Support@SafehouseDefense.com or Call 1-602-691-6900 with any questions.

Timothy A. Forshey is a seasoned firearms law and criminal defense attorney dedicated to zealously protecting and advocating the rights of his clients through all ethical and professional means.  Tim provides a uniquely personal touch, offering counsel and comfort to his clients so they can focus on their lives while he manages their legal needs. Tim’s Law Firm also provides a Concierge Legal Concierge Program called Safehouse Defense. The membership program provides educational classes, training and affordable legal services to Arizona citizens and responsible firearms owners.

With nearly 25 years of experience in self-defense laws, firearms law, NFA Trusts, personal injury law and criminal law, Tim is a member of the State Bars of Arizona, Colorado and Illinois and a member of numerous professional organizations. He has been featured in several prominent magazines, including Time, Money, Phoenix and Guns And Weapons for Law Enforcement.

Tim is an Arizona Ranger Pistol and Rifle Instructor and has been a National Rifle Association-certified instructor since 1997.  He has served as the lead concealed carry instructor at the elite Scottsdale Gun Club since it opened in 2002. He is certified by the U.S. Practical Shooting Association (USPSA) as an A class shooter, the International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) as an Expert class shooter and by the Glock Sport Shooting Federation (GSSF) as a Master class shooter. He has won numerous state and national shooting competitions in his class. Tim has taught over 50,000 students the Arizona Concealed Carry Certification Course both in-person and through the AZ CCW Online course he helped co-develop in 2019.

We offer a variety of affordable membership levels for individuals, spouses and families.

All of our membership levels include discounts on NFA Trusts, Wills and Free Arizona Concealed Carry Certification Courses. An added benefit of the Safehouse Defense Program is that members have free access to ongoing local legal seminars, range day shooting events and discounted firearms training.

The truth is, there is lots of misleading and bad information being taught by a variety of instructors. Tim’s legal background and firearms expertise offers a truly unique perspective while covering the topics required for Arizona CCW Certification. We highly recommend that all members take Tim Forshey’s AZ CCW ONLINE course as it discusses Arizona’s specific self defense and gun laws and valuable insights of legal concealed carry and home defense. It’s truly the best AZ CCW Class in America. Click here to read the growing number of 5 Star Google reviews.

The AZ CCW ONLINE course is especially designed to arm Safehouse Defense Members with the foundational knowledge that is essential to understanding the legalities and realities of Use of Force Laws in Arizona. We include free AZ CCW Online course in our membership plans because we want our all members, spouses, relatives, friends to have access to this important information and to be active participants in the Safehouse Defense Strategy.

Signing up is easy and can be done right here on our website. It’s fast and convenient. If you need help please contact our membership team at 1-602-691-6900

Yes, This program is specifically created for Arizona Residents.

Please notify us of any address changes right away. This program is specifically created to offer Arizona Residents a variety of local benefits as well as nationwide coverage for certain legal issues. Please contact us if you need assistance modifying your membership options. 1-602-691-6900 is the direct contact for our membership team.

Yes. Along with the local legal services and educational resources, Safehouse Defense members have self defense legal protection in 50 States. This means that when you travel you are protected in the event that you are forced to use a weapon to defend yourself or loved one from a violent assault.

Benefits of Membership

*50 State Self Defense Legal Protection

*24/7/365 Attorney-Answered Emergency Hotline

*Uncapped Attorney Fees for Criminal Defense/ Self Defense and Civil Cases

*Bail Bond up to $250,000, Expert Witness, Investigator Fees, Lost Wages, Expungement Of Criminal Record On Non-Conviction Incidents, Incident / Crime Scene Clean-Up and Coordination of Counseling Support.

*Individual and Family Plans Available To Include Spouse And Minor Children

*Free Multi-State Arizona Concealed Carry Certification Classes (38 States including Arizona)

*Discounted Attorney Drafted NFA Trusts And Wills

*Access to Free Members Only Online and Local In-Person Classes, Vendor Demo, Range Day Shooting Events And Discounts On Ammunition, Holsters, Gear, Firearms, Suppressors, Private Shooting Lessons And More.

*Forshey Law legal services also cover members in areas of law outside of firearms and self-defense. Our program includes all types of Personal Injury / Motor Vehicle, Accidents, DUI, Wrongful Termination and Civil Rights cases.

*Personal Injury contingency fees are limited to 25% of any gross recovery obtained before starting litigation and 33% for any gross recovery after starting litigation, instead of our non-member rates of 33% and 40%.

*Provides $100 “Safehouse Defense” consults (normally $350) to assist in preparing for and avoiding illegal decisions made without foreknowledge.

TERMS & CONDITIONS

Setup fees, if applicable are non-refundable. Monthly re-occurring payments will begin 30 days after your order was placed. Members can cancel at any time during the initial 7 day setup period (minus any one-time set up fees).

The discounted hourly rate applies to legal fees only. Necessary and pre-approved expenses are billed separately. All legal matters must have occurred AFTER you become a member of the Safehouse Defense Plan for the reduced hourly rate to apply. All monthly retainer fees are to ensure the availability of an attorney at Timothy A. Forshey Law. As such, all legal fees are earned on receipt and are non-refundable. Representation in a legal matter is not guaranteed. Representation is subject to the Rules of Professional Conduct, including the clearing of conflicts for a particular legal matter and attorneys are ethically bound not to represent clients in frivolous or inappropriate legal matters. As such, the attorney shall be the sole judge of what matters are “Legally inappropriate.” Please call us at 602-691-6900 if you have any questions.

SAFEHOUSE DEFENSE / TIMOTHY A. FORSHEY LAW

We may utilize partner attorneys in our network for some areas of law that we do not provide in-house. While these attorneys do not work for the Attorneys for Timothy A. Forshey Law, they have been vetted by us and provide the same great service and discounted rates to our members as we do. Questions? Please contact our office directly 602-691-6900 if you have any questions.

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