What is Defensive Display?

Arizona Defensive Display Law

What is Defensive Display?

Arizona provides legal protection for citizens using a firearm to defend human life without actually firing the firearm. Defensive Display of a Firearm (A.R.S. 13-421) is defined as:

  • Verbally telling someone that you have a gun or can get one;
  •  Displaying a gun in such a way as to demonstrate your fear of death or severe injury;
  • Placing your hand on a gun while it is in your pocket, purse or other means of transport/containment to draw attention to the fact that you fear death or severe injury.

Defensive Display is justified when a reasonable person would believe physical force is immediately necessary to protect him or herself from another’s use or attempted use of unlawful physical or deadly force.

Defensive Display is not justified if you intentionally provoke the other person, or, if you use a firearm in the commission of a serious offense or violent crime. Improper display of a gun can result in criminal charges ranging anywhere from a Class 1 Misdemeanor to a Class 2 Felony.

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