Bills Expanding Gun Rights Advance in Arizona

Bills Expanding Gun Rights Advance in Arizona

Bills Expanding Gun Rights Advance in Arizona

State senators approved three new laws designed to expand the rights of gun owners, including one that could allow Arizonans who get federal OK to possess everything from grenades to silencers.

HB 2446 spells out if a weapon or device is legal under federal law, it is legal in Arizona. That alarmed Sen. Steve Farley, D-Tucson.

“We’re not just talking about guns here,’’ he said.

“We’re talking about bombs, grenades, rockets having a propellant charge of more than four ounces and that is explosive, and incendiary or poison gas,’’ Farley continued. “So we’re now in favor of rights for poison gas.’’

And Farley said the measure also would legalize silencers, automatic weapons and sawed-off shotguns.

But Sen. John Kavanagh, R-Fountain Hills, said Farley is being overly alarmist.

“This bill simply says if it’s possessed, manufactured or transported in accordance with federal law, then it is not a prohibited weapon’’ in Arizona, he said. “We’re simply saying if the federal government makes it legal, then we don’t make it illegal here, assuming the person complies with all the requirements federal law has for these devices.’’

 

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