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What is a prohibited weapon in Arizona?

In Arizona, the word “weapon” may conjure up different images, depending on your frame of reference. After all, even a kitchen knife can be used to harm someone. You may consider firearms just as harmless as household utensils, as long as the owner understands the proper safety techniques. However, there are some weapons that the state of Arizona has determined that you and others should not have.

The Arizona State Legislature explains that it is against the law for you to own certain guns, and this includes rifles or shotguns with illegally modified barrels of 25 inches or less. Shotguns must have a barrel of at least 18 inches, and rifles must have at least a 16-inch barrel. It is also illegal for you to own an automatic firearm that discharges multiple times without being manually reloaded when you pull the trigger once. You should not have a silencer or similar apparatus intended to prevent the gun’s discharge from making noise.

There are many explosive devices that are illegal for you to possess. Bombs, grenades and some rockets are on this list, along with homemade bombs and explosives. Using items such as chemicals, flammable liquids and other compounds to create explosive devices is illegal, too. When these materials have legitimate industrial purposes and you use them accordingly, they are not prohibited. State and local laws allow you to purchase and use many types of fireworks.

In addition to some explosives and firearms, you should not own nunchucks and weapons of similar design. Although this information may provide guidance on prohibited weapons in Arizona, it should not be interpreted as legal advice.

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