Google Question of the Day: Are Silencers/Suppressors Legal in Arizona

Every now and again, I look through my logs and occasionally find something interesting. This week, it’s a question that a lot of people have been asking: Are silencers/suppressors legal in Arizona?
Short answer: Yes.
Long answer: Arizona has no state-level laws that I am aware of regarding the ownership of NFA-regulated items like silencers/suppressors. So long as you obey Federal law in regards to the purchase, storage, and use of those items, you are free to buy, own, and use NFA-regulated items in Arizona as you see fit. Consult your friendly local Class III Federal Firearms Licensee (ask your local gun shop if they can point you in the right direction) for more details.
When I purchased my Gemtec Outback II .22LR suppressor a few years back, the process was relatively painless and only took about 30 days from start to finish, including approval by both the Pima County Sheriff and the ATF.

5 thoughts on “Google Question of the Day: Are Silencers/Suppressors Legal in Arizona”

  1. I know, old post, but I’ve been doing more NFA and Trust research and stumbled across it.
    “Long answer: Arizona has no state-level laws that I am aware of regarding the ownership of NFA-regulated items like silencers/suppressors.”
    http://www.azleg.state.az.us/FormatDocument.asp?inDoc=/ars/13/03101.htm&Title=13&DocType=ARS
    AZ does have state level laws regarding the ownership of NFA items. The link above for Arizona Revised Statute 13-3101, says they are illegal except if they are registered in the National Firearms Registry of the US Treasury Department (BATF compliant, i.e., you’ve paid your tax stamp.
    “B. 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.
    This was brought up a bit when AZ was toying with following Montana’s “made in Montana” firearms law. Any new law written would have to strike this section out as AZ has already given authority to the Feds to regulate NFA items.
    – Cheers.

    1. Thanks for the info. I should have been more clear: the AZ laws basically say “we defer to the feds”, rather than having additional NFA regulations like California and some other states have.

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