BigSteve wrote:A "machine gun" hasn't been commercially available to the public in the United States since 1934.
The National Firearms Act did not ban machine guns.
It priced them out of reach of the common man.
They were expensive firearms to begin with. The Thompson gun with one Type XX 20 shot "stick" magazine, for example, was priced at $200 in 1921. Adding the NFA $200 tax stamp made them too expensive for most people.
Note: $200 in 1934 was worth something over $3,500 in today's money.
commercially available to the public in the United States
Find a Class 3 dealer who has one for sale.
Pay a tax of $200 (ATF Form 1).
Fill out a lengthy application to register your gun with the federal government.
Submit passport photos.
Get your chief law enforcement official to sign your application.
Wait for the results of your background check to come back.
Keeping it simple, if you pass a background check and have the cash, anyone can own one of the 182,619 transferable guns registered prior to May 19th, 1986.*
* It does get complicated for machine guns imported after 1968 but before May 19th, 1986. The 1968 GCA established that machine guns with no sporting purposes could not be sold to civilians. Dealers can however buy them and keep them after they give up their licenses. So you would have to set yourself up as a dealer to own one of them. They are cheaper than transferables, though.
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