Originally Posted by Sido
My other question is about the permit itself. Is it worth getting after taking a class?
There is a "technicality" benefit to the CCW for an AZ resident.
The Federal Gun Free School Zone law (son of actually, the original was tossed, it was brought back to life under yet another abuse of the Commerce Clause) requires that all firearms, handgun or long gun, be transported in a secure, locked container or locked mount when within 1000ft of any K-12 school.
The law provides an exemption to those in possession of a CCW issued by the
I put "the" in italics because if I, as a California resident, have a California CCW, that only exempts me from the GFSZ law as written when I am within California. Likewise, if I am in possession of an AZ non-resident permit, I am only exempt in AZ, regardless of the fact that the AZ permit is accepted by some 25 other states.
AZ, Alaska, Vermont, and Wyoming having Constitutional Carry does not provide a legal exemption under the federal law.
I say "technicality" because it is a federal law. I am not aware of anyone who has been charged under it as a sole offense. It is typically used as an add-on charge when an arrest is made for other crimes that may include a federal offense.
We even had a fairly high-profile case in my area where a man was arrested, charged, and convicted under California's own version, 626.9PC, but he was not charged under the federal law.
It is extremely rare for local authorities to charge under federal law for cases where no other crime is involved.
As to the class... I have not taken it, but I know people who have.
It is pretty basic. It is good to have, but if your goal is education, I would recommend continuing beyond the basic class.
There are a lot of good instructors out there, many are retired LEO, most of the good ones are retired military, or both.
But do keep the BS filter active. I imagine it is better in AZ, but in California, some of the worst places to learn about California gun laws are:
When a reference is made to something being illegal, make a note of it. If the section of the PC is not cited, try and look it up later to confirm. Be on the lookout for words like "preferably"... that word is not found in codified law.