I commend you and your riding buddies for packing and having a means close by to protect yourself from lethal threats. In Arizona we have pretty much eliminated most of the requirements, as your state has. We are still required to follow federal laws, but there is no licensing to acquire a firearm, possess a firearm or carry a firearm, other than some restrictions allowed on government facilities and private property. And, we do have some restrictions placed on carry, open or concealed, on tribal lands. Other than that, we are pretty much free! No perfect, but getting close to it.