REFERENCE TITLE: certification of firearm transfers




State of Arizona

House of Representatives

Fifty-first Legislature

Second Regular Session




HB 2535


Introduced by

Representatives Kavanagh, Forese, Kwasman, Livingston, Seel, Smith, Stevens, Thorpe, Townsend, Senators Barto, Burges: Representatives Allen, Barton, Borrelli, Petersen, Senator Melvin





amending title 13, chapter 31, Arizona Revised Statutes, by adding section 13‑3121; relating to firearms.





Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Arizona:

Section 1.  Title 13, chapter 31, Arizona Revised Statutes, is amended by adding section 13-3121, to read:

START_STATUTE13-3121.  Firearm transfers; chief law enforcement officer certification; notification; definitions

A.  If a chief law enforcement officer's certification is required by federal law or regulation for the transfer of a firearm, the chief law enforcement officer, within fifteen days after receipt of a request for certification by an applicant, shall provide the certification if the applicant is not prohibited by law from receiving the firearm or is not the subject of a proceeding that could result in the applicant being prohibited by law from receiving the firearm.  A chief law enforcement officer who denies a certification pursuant to this section shall notify the applicant, in writing, of the denial and all reasons for the denial.

B.  For the purposes of this section:

1.  "Certification" means the participation and assent that is required by federal law for the approval of an application to transfer or make a firearm.

2.  "Chief law enforcement officer" means any official that the bureau of alcohol, tobacco, firearms and explosives, or any successor agency, identifies by regulation or otherwise as eligible to provide any required certification to make or transfer a firearm.

3.  "Firearm" has the same meaning prescribed in 26 United states Code section 5845(a).END_STATUTE