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9:07 PM Fri, Dec. 14th

Letter to the Editor: Gun debate


I was surprised at Tim Wiederaenders' editorial 'Review of bill leads to big gun problems' in today's edition about a pending bill to allow sawed-off shotguns and suppressors. I don't understand his objections.

It is already legal in Arizona to use a suppressor for hunting:

Arizona Revised Statute 17-251 (A):

"A. The commission shall not adopt or enforce any rule that prohibits the lawful possession or use of a firearm silencer or muffler, including for the taking of wildlife or while hunting."

To allow suppressors for hunting, they must first be legal in Arizona, which they are, as well as short-barreled rifles and shotguns:

Arizona Revised Statute 13-3101 (B):

"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."

Short-barreled rifles and shotguns and suppressors are NFA (National Firearms Act) weapons/items, and in order to buy or possess them, one must, for each item, submit paperwork to the BATFE (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives) and pay a $200 tax. It takes roughly six to eight months to receive the approval to take possession of the item.

The editorial is much to do about nothing.

John Broughton

Prescott Valley