pre 1986

Discussion in 'NFA/Class 3 & FFL Discussion' started by carltonsprague, Aug 9, 2012.

  1. carltonsprague

    carltonsprague New Member

    so i am trying to figure out these laws so i can own a fully automatic but it has to be manufactured before 1986
  2. mountainman13

    mountainman13 New Member

    Welcome to FTF. You came to the right place. I'll leave the major answers to our pros. You realize its gonna be big money if you can get one?

  3. JonM

    JonM Moderator

    it has to be entered into the nfa registery 1986 or earlier
  4. robocop10mm

    robocop10mm Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

    You can always join the military or an LE Agency and play with the "fun guns" while getting paid.

    There is a list of registered machine guns. Additional entries were not allowed after May of 1986. As long as the MG in question is already on the list, you can put a bunch of zero's on a check and own one, provided you are able to pass the background check and are willing to wait the 6 or seven omths it takes currently.
  5. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

    First, welcome to the forum. When you get a moment, stop by the intro thread and say hello.

    You have two sets of laws to deal with- State and Federal. There are several states that do not permit private ownership of machine guns. The other law (as mentioned) is the 1934 National Firearms Act.

    In a nutshell, you must be 21, not prohibited from owning an ordinary firearm, and have a REAL healthy checkbook. A LEGAL, TRANSFERABLE M16 rifle is selling for between $15,000 and $16,000.

    You will need to find a Machine Gun Dealer in your home state, since the transfer MUST pass through such a dealer- they can help guide you in the process. It includes being fingerprinted, supplying passport photos, approval from local Chief LEO, application, paying a $200 transfer tax, and waiting about 6 months.

    As mentioned, ONLY the full auto firearms that have ALREADY been registered with the BATFE by May 1986 CAN be legally transferred to a private citizen (which is why the price is so high- finite supply of them)
  6. carltonsprague

    carltonsprague New Member

    well im already in the national guard but was just wondering what i would take to own my own automatic weapon but for now maybe ill just get a semi auto m4 type weapon something i can have out side of the military