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 registered pursuant to federal law or has been classified as a curio or relic by the U.S. treasury department.1 Federal law generally allows machine guns to be registered so long as they were manufactured prior to May 19, 1986.

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).