REFERENCE TITLE: armor piercing bullets; prohibited




State of Arizona


Fifty-first Legislature

First Regular Session




SB 1475


Introduced by

Senator Gallardo





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





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.  Manufacture, sale, purchase or possession of armor piercing bullets; classification; definition

A.  A person shall not knowingly manufacture, sell, purchase or possess an armor piercing bullet.

B.  This Section does not apply to a person who is authorized or permitted to possess an armor piercing bullet pursuant to federal law.

C.  A violation of this section is a class 4 felony.

D.  For the purposes of this Section, "armor piercing bullet":

1.  Means:

(a)  Handgun bullets or handgun ammunition with projectiles or projectile cores that are constructed entirely from tungsten alloys, steel, iron, brass, bronze, beryllium copper or depleted uranium, excluding the presence of traces of other substances.

(b)  Fully jacketed bullets that are larger than 22 caliber, that are designed and intended for use in a handgun and whose jackets have a weight of more than twenty‑five per cent of the total weight of the projectile.

2.  Does not include:

(a)  Handgun projectiles whose cores are composed of soft materials such as lead or lead alloys, zinc or zinc alloys, frangible projectiles designed primarily for sporting purposes and any other projectiles or projectile cores that the United states Secretary of the Treasury finds to be primarily intended to be used for sporting purposes or industrial purposes or that otherwise does not constitute armor piercing ammunition as defined by federal law.

(b)  Shotgun shells. END_STATUTE