Arizona includes machine guns in the definition of “prohibited weapon,” and prohibits anyone from knowingly manufacturing, possessing, transporting, selling, or transferring a prohibited weapon. However, this rule does not apply if the machine gun is possessed, manufactured, or transferred in compliance with federal law.1 Federal law prohibits the possession of newly manufactured machine guns, but generally allows machine guns to be registered so long as they were manufactured prior to May 19, 1986. Federal law also permits the transfer of machine guns lawfully owned prior to May 19, 1986 if the transfer is approved by ATF.

See Machine Guns & Automatic Firearms Policy Summary for for a comprehensive discussion of this issue.

  1. Ariz. Rev. Stat. §§ 13-3101(A)(8)(iii), (B), 13-3102(A)(3). ⤴︎