Laws & Policies
As of February 22, 2010, a new federal law allows people who can legally possess firearms under applicable federal, state and local laws, to legally possess firearms in Casa Grande Ruins National Monument.
It is the responsibility of visitors to understand and comply with all applicable state, local and federal firearms laws before entering the park. As a starting point, please visit the Arizona State Legislature website http://www.azleg.gov/ArizonaRevisedStatutes.asp. Type “firearms” into the “search phrase” box, then click search.
A notable exception to this rule is the carrying of weapons in federal facilities. Federal law prohibits firearms in certain facilities in the park. Those places are marked with signs at public entrances. This prohibition includes those possessing valid concealed weapon permits. In other words, all persons, regardless of the state permit that has been issued to them, are prohibited from carrying a firearm in a federal facility. In Casa Grande Ruins National Monument, these facilities include the visitor center and all administrative buildings. Carrying a firearm is also prohibited in the main ruins visitation area because this area may only be accessed through the visitor center. Firearms can be carried legally in the parking lot and adjacent landscaped area in front of the visitor center, the picnic area, and on the main entrance road.
Visitors are advised that use of a firearm remains prohibited within the park.
For any questions regarding firearms regulations, please contact Chief Ranger Carol West at (520) 723-3172.
Did You Know?
The difference between a National Monument and a National Park is the way they are created. National Parks require Congressional approval but National Monuments are established by Executive Order of the President.