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Mar 6, 2013 8:20 PM by Sean Mooney

Nevada disarms Arizona concealed weapon permits

TUCSON - Arizona changing its standards for concealed weapon permits is not new. What is new is an announcement by law enforcement in Nevada that Arizona permits will no longer be legal there.

This move by Department of Public Safety officials in Nevada came in response to changes in requirements in 2010 and 2011 for getting a concealed weapons permit in Arizona. If you are licensed to carry a concealed weapon in Arizona that is no longer the case in the Silver State.

Stating that Arizona requirements are now too different from Nevada's... the Nevada Sheriff's and Chiefs' Association made it official saying, "At the February 28th meeting of the NvSCA DPS officials presented their audit findings, and subsequently the NvSCA voted to end the recognition of Arizona concealed weapon permits."

The association says the move came about after firearms instructors in Las Vegas notified the NvSCA Arizona had substantially altered it's training requirements to far below the standards of Nevada.

Weapons instructor Jeff Prather says Nevada is justified in not recognizing Arizona permits because the two states requirements are no longer on the same level. But to him it is all about being a responsible gun owner, "Every American has the right to keep and bear arms but not every American should carry concealed because you have to go the extra step and get training."

In Arizona you don't need a permit to carry a concealed weapon. But this latest announcement questions the type of training concealed permit owners get here and if it is adequate.

Arizona concealed weapon permit owner Dave Sitton believes most take the responsibility of carrying a concealed weapon very seriously, "I believe most carry permitted people particularly the modern era of anybody can carry a concealed weapon want to do it correctly and want the training. I have always been an advocate of the maximum amount of training for anybody who wants the responsibility."

The state of Nevada no longer recognizing Arizona concealed weapon permits went in to effect on March 1st, the day after the vote by the Nevada Sheriff's and Chiefs' Association.

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