Yes a private individual may buy and legally own a full auto machine gun or suppressor in this country...
It is a common misconception that machine guns cannot be owned by law-abiding citizens. This comes from the creation of a variety of confusing laws
that have made purchasing a full-auto gun more difficult than purchasing a "normal" gun. But, if you can comply with the law, you may qualify to own
a machine gun.
First a brief history: In May of 1986, certain laws went into effect that made it illegal for 'civilians' to own fully automatic firearms that were
manufactured AFTER THAT DATE. Many fully automatic weapons manufactured, registered and tax paid BEFORE MAY, 1986, MAY BE OWNED BY AND SOLD TO
INDIVIDUALS. The full-auto guns that may be owned by individuals are called 'transferable'. Some states DO NOT allow machine gun ownership at all,
no matter when the gun was made, but many states do.
To purchase a transferable machine gun, you must meet certain requirements (generally the same as when you purchase another gun, but with additional
scrutiny), fill out special paperwork (called a 'form 4'), and pay a $200, one-time, transfer tax. Every time a machine gun is transferred, the $200
tax must be paid-- usually by the purchaser. The steps to take to purchase a transferable machine gun are:
1.Find a dealer locally who can assist you in all phases of the transfer. This should go beyond helping you fill out the paperwork: they should help
you locate the gun if it isn't in stock and allow you to shoot the gun while your paperwork is being processed by the BATF (Bureau of Alcohol,
Tobacco, and Firearms). It will usually take 4-6 weeks for the dealer to get the gun from another dealer if they don't already have it in stock (due
to BATF paperwork delays).
2.Get your fingerprints (either by a police dept. or by a qualified fingerprinter, two imprints are needed) and two passport sized pictures taken.
These will be used to perform a comprehensive criminal background check on you.
3.Have your local dealer help you fill out an "Application for Tax Paid Transfer And Registration Of Firearm" for, known as a "form 4".
4.You must have the signature of the Chief Law Enforcement (CLEO) officer that has jurisdiction over the municipality in which you live on the form 4.
This could be the City Chief or the County Sheriff, for example. This is usually not a problem-- in machine gun friendly states. The form 4, CLEO
signature, 2 fingerprint cards, 2 pictures, and a $200 check (your one-time transfer tax) must all be mailed to the BATF and an approved tax stamp
returned before you may take possession of the gun. This may take anywhere from 2 to 5 months.
Now here's the bad part... this takes gun ownership to a whole new level! and price range...
Just to give you an idea how much I'm talking about here just a random sampling
HK 51B 308 TRANSFERABLE
VECTOR UZI TRANSFERABLE
Colt M16A1 Transferable Machine Gun
Krinkov 7.62x39 Transferable
HK MP5 Like New
RPB Mac 10 9MM Transferable
and just to be silly
RAMO M2 .50BMG With Mount
Trust me as a retired Marine all of these weapons are well out of my price range but if you have the money it can be done...
Something else to think about... At these prices...now you know why black market gun running is such big business...
Just one of the many
[edit on 22-10-2009 by DaddyBare]