I think it's time for a little clarification on the loaded weapon issue and I was referring to vehicle transport in my original post.
Before I begin Arizona has some terribly gray areas in their laws, as you might see later.
Most of the gray areas are those argued among law enforcement and Attorneys, of course, so you might find one cop who goes to one side.....then run into one that is on the other side. And Attorneys and Judges alike.
Arizona is considered an open carry state. Except in prohibited areas (National Parks, Indian Reservations, bars, public areas with no gun signs, school grounds, etc.) part of A.R.S. 13 allows for carry and transporting of weapons loaded OR unloaded, concealled legally or otherwise.
However, there has been much arguement in the term loaded. Some interpret loaded as having a magazine or clip in the gun with no round in the chamber (in the case of a revolver rounds in all the cylinders except top dead center) whereas the other side argues that loaded means having a round chambered or in the cylinder aligned with the barrel in the case of revolvers.
So, I think you can see the confusion....what do you do? It's a matter of interpretation and court cases have set precedence both ways so it's not clear cut.
The same law also addresses the carrying of firearms which has gray areas. But, the rule of thumb is that any carried weapon must be in a holster (that leaves out walking down Main Street with an AK47 lol) or it's considered concealled.
Now the confusion....one law says that in the case of non-carry permit situations, a portion of the holster must be showing to be considered not concealled while another part refers to if the handgun is unholstered then a portion of the gun must visible. But, if the handgun is being CARRIED and ONLY a portion of the handgun is showing it's considered concealled. Well the arguement now is is transporting a form of carry or does carry mean on the person?
So, the recommendation is keeping the handgun holstered when carried whether on the person (which is legally required anyway) or in a vehicle (which is not a legal requirement).
Fanny packs do not qualify as holstering devices.
Then there are the issues of accessability while carried in a vehicle as far as if it's concealled or not but I won't get into that.
And, yes, in Arizona, you can carry loaded, one in the chamber with a CCW.
Tommy, since all states are subject to different wording I suggest becoming thoroughly aware of your state's laws and a quick call to your state Attorney General Office should put you on the track of finding your state laws on line, if you haven't already.
I hope this has made the terribly muddy waters just slightly muddy, LOL.
BTW, Tommy, contrary to popular opinion, LEOs do not know every law and what one does over another is based on what they know or the lack of knowledge. See what I mean?