Arizona State NFA Rules and Allowable NFA Items

Arizona is a state that respects the right of gun owners to own all types of firearms, including NFA weapons. Arizona has no restrictions on NFA ownership beyond requiring that NFA weapons and items be “registered in the national firearms registry and the transfer records of the United States Treasury department.”

Possession of NFA Items:

13-3101 Definitions:

  1. "Prohibited weapon”
  1. Includes the following:

(ii) A device that is designed, made or adapted to muffle the report of a firearm.           

(iii) A firearm that is capable of shooting more than one shot automatically, without manual reloading, by a single function of the trigger.

(iv) A rifle with a barrel length of less than sixteen inches, or shotgun with a barrel length of less than eighteen inches, or any firearm that is made from a rifle or shotgun and that, as modified, has an overall length of less than twenty-six inches.

  1. The items set forth in subsection A, paragraph 8, subdivision (a), items (i), (ii), (iii) and (iv) of this section do not include any firearms or devices that are registered in the national firearms registry and transfer records of the United States treasury department or any firearm that has been classified as a curio or relic by the United States treasury department.

Shall Certify Statute:

13-3121.  Firearm transfers; chief law enforcement officer certification; notification; definitions

  1. If a chief law enforcement officer's certification is required by federal law or regulation for the transfer of a firearm, the chief law enforcement officer, within sixty days after receipt of a request for certification by an applicant, shall provide the certification if the applicant is not prohibited by law from receiving the firearm or is not the subject of a proceeding that could result in the applicant being prohibited by law from receiving the firearm. If the chief law enforcement officer is unable to provide a certification as required by this section, the chief law enforcement officer shall notify the applicant, in writing, of the denial and the reason for this determination.
  1. The chief law enforcement officer of a law enforcement agency that has fifteen peace officers or fewer may refer an applicant who is requesting a certification pursuant to this section to the county sheriff. A county sheriff who receives a request for certification from a referred applicant shall provide the certification required by this section.

C.Section 12-820.02 applies to a chief law enforcement officer who provides a certification pursuant to this section.

  1. This section does not apply to a county attorney or a tribal agency. This subsection does not prohibit a county attorney or a tribal agency from providing an applicant with a certification.
  1. A chief law enforcement officer is not required to provide a certification pursuant to this section that the officer knows is untrue but may not refuse to provide a certification that is based on a generalized objection to private persons or entities making, possessing or receiving firearms or any certain type of firearm the possession of which is not prohibited by law.
  1. For the purposes of this section:
  1. "certification" means the participation and assent that is required by federal law for the approval of an application to transfer or make a firearm.
  1. "chief law enforcement officer" means any official that the bureau of alcohol, tobacco, firearms and explosives, or any successor agency, identifies by regulation or otherwise as eligible to provide any required certification to make or transfer a firearm.
  1. "firearm" has the same meaning prescribed in 26 united states code section 5845(a).
  1. "proceeding" includes an ongoing criminal investigation that could result in the applicant being prohibited by law from receiving a firearm.

applicant being prohibited by law from receiving a firearm.

Hunting with Suppressors:

17-251. Possession or use of a firearm silencer or muffler while hunting; definition

  1. The commission shall not adopt or enforce any rule that prohibits the lawful possession or use of a firearm silencer or muffler, including for the taking of wildlife or while hunting.
  1. This section does not limit the authority of the commission to prescribe the type and caliber of firearm or ammunition that may be used for taking wildlife.

 C. For the purposes of this section, "firearm silencer or muffler" means any device that is designed, made or adapted to muffle the report of a firearm.

Legal Disclaimer:

This information is provided as a service to the public. It is NOT intended as legal advice and should never be considered as such. This information was up to date at the time of publication.

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