Only in Arizona

House Panel OK's Bill Allowing Arizonans to Make Their Own Guns and Bullets

The Arizona House Judiciary Committee gave the green light yesterday to a bill that would allow Arizona residents to build and sell their own homemade guns and bullets without having to comply with federal law, paving the way for some highly entertaining experiments in some hillbilly's shed.

The bill, HB 2307, was introduced by Bullhead City Representative Nancy McLain, who says the move helps Arizona exercise its 10th Amendment right of state sovereignty.

Under the bill's provisions, your everyday person can build and sell anything short of machine-guns and mortar-launchers.

You may be saying, "Only in Arizona!" But the Grand Canyon State is not the first to consider legislation like this -- Arizona's bill is identical to one passed in Montana last year.

McClain tells Capitol Media Services that not only is she in favor of allowing citizens to construct their own firearms, she is concerned that the feds are talking about requiring manufacturers to put identifying features on their bullets -- like numbers.

Even though the idea is to be able to identify bullets used in a crimes (read: help law enforcement), gun-lovin Nancy's against it.

"Many of us see this as an attempt to infringe on our Second Amendment rights,'' she says.

Under the bill, the guns and ammunition could only be sold and carried in Arizona and must say "Made in Arizona" on the gun or bullet. Good thing, too. That way when some survivalist accidentally blows his brains out while trying to assemble his homemade pistol, we can feel an ironic sense of state-pride.

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James King
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