Restrictions on Machine Guns

In 1986, the federal government passed the Firearm Owners Protection Act. In this bill, an amendment known as the Hughes Amendment upholds a still-effective federal machine gun ban. According to this law, no one in the United States may own or sell a machine gun without fulfilling specially established requirements.

The penalties for illegal gun ownership can be severe. To learn more about your options if you are facing gun charges, contact Cape Cod criminal lawyer James Powderly by calling 508-343-0676 today.

Machine Gun Ownership Restrictions

According to the law, any automatic weapon is considered to be a machine gun. In simple terms, any gun that fires two or more rounds when the shooter pulls the trigger is considered a machine gun. This can include a variety of different weapon types, ranging from shotguns to pistols, and does not discriminate on the type of ammunition used. The following limitations exist due to this machine gun ban:

  • No one may own a machine gun
  • No one may sell or transfer ownership of a machine gun
  • No one may manufacture machine guns

A machine gun owner may be exempt from this ban if they owned the gun before the law’s passage in May of 1986. Additionally, a manufacturer may continue to make machine guns if they have special permission from the government, such as in the case of defense contractors.

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If you are facing prosecution related to the possession of an automatic weapon, it is important that you secure skilled and experienced legal representation. Contact Cape Cod criminal attorney James Powderly today at 508-343-0676.


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