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Arizona Senate Approves Bill Allowing Weapons, From Grenades To Silencers

State senators approved a measure Monday that could allow Arizonans to get their hands on weapons spanning the gamut from grenades to silencers, as long as the weapon in question is kosher under federal law.

The legislation essentially says if a weapon or device is legal under federal law, it's legal in Arizona.

That alarmed Sen. Steve Farley, D-Tucson. "We're not just talking about guns here. We're talking about bombs, grenades, rockets having a propellant charge of more than four ounces and that is explosive, and incendiary or poison gas. So we're now in favor of rights for poison gas."

Farley said the measure also opens the door to silencers, automatic weapons and sawed-off shotguns. But Sen. John Kavanagh, R-Fountain Hills, said Farley is being overly alarmist. Kavanagh said if the federal government allows someone to have a device and that person complies with federal law, the state should not stand in the way.

"While it's bizarre for me to be in a position where I trust President Obama more than Sen. Farley, I do not believe that President Obama is giving mustard gas, atomic weapons and a host of other weapons that Sen. Farley said will be proliferated if we pass this bill," he said.

The measure already has cleared the House and needs only a final Senate roll-call vote before going to the governor.