FAQs

Q

What are the state laws on Machine Guns, Silencers, Short Barreled Rifles, Short Barreled Shot Guns, Any Other Weapon, and Destructive Devices?

A

State

MG's

Silencers

SBR

SBS

AOW

DD

Alabama (AL)

YES

YES

NO

NO

YES

YES

A peace officer in the line of duty may possess, obtain, receive, sell or use SBR or a SBS

Alaska (AK)

YES

YES

YES

YES

YES

YES

Arizona (AZ)

YES

YES

YES

YES

YES

YES

Arkansas (AR)

YES

YES

YES

YES

YES

YES

State registration required.

California (CA)

Class 3

Class 2 & 3

Class 2 & 3

Class 2 & 3

YES

Type 9

Certain localities may have restrictions. State licensing is required for dealers.

Colorado (CO)

YES

YES

YES

YES

YES

YES

Valid permit and license required.

Connecticut (CT)

YES

YES

YES

YES

YES

YES

State permit required. Certain localities may have restrictions. Only full auto may come in to state.
Select fire ownership was banned with a Grandfathered Clause.

Delaware (DE)

NO

NO

NO

NO

NO

NO

Certain localities may have restrictions.

District of Columbia (DC)

NO

NO

NO

NO

NO

NO

Florida (FL)

YES

YES

YES

YES

YES

NO

Destructive devices are permitted if they are for government research.

Georgia (GA)

YES

YES

YES

YES

YES

YES

Certain localities may have restrictions.

Hawaii (HI)

NO

NO

NO

NO

NO

NO

Idaho (ID)

YES

YES

YES

YES

YES

YES

Illinois (IL)

Class 3

NO

Class 3

Class 3

YES

Type 9

Certain localities may have restrictions.

Indiana (IN)

YES

YES

YES

YES

YES

YES

There are local regulations.

Iowa (IA)

Class 3

Class 3

Class 3

Class 3

Class 3

Class 3

Kansas (KS)

Class 3

NO

NO

NO

Class 3

Class 3

Certain localities may have restrictions.

Kentucky (KY)

YES

YES

YES

YES

YES

YES

Louisiana (LA)

YES

YES

YES

YES

YES

YES

Certain localities may have restrictions. State must approve a permit before ownership. MG's must have been used in war.

Maine (ME)

YES

YES

YES

YES

YES

YES

Maryland (MD)

YES

YES

YES

YES

YES

YES

State registration required.

Massachusetts (MA)

YES

Class 2

YES

YES

YES

YES

State permit required.

Michigan (MI)

Class 2 & 3

Class 2 & 3

Class 2 & 3

Class 2 & 3

Class 2 & 3

NO

Minnesota (MN)

C&R

YES

C&R

C&R

YES

YES

Mississippi (MS)

YES

NO

YES

YES

YES

YES

Missouri (MO)

C&R

C&R & Class 3

C&R

C&R

C&R

C&R

Class 3s may have silencers only for demonstration.

Montana (MT)

YES

YES

YES

YES

YES

YES

State registration required.

Nebraska (NE)

YES

YES

YES

YES

YES

YES

Nevada (NV)

YES

YES

YES

YES

YES

YES

New Hampshire (NH)

YES

YES

YES

YES

YES

YES

New Jersey (NJ)

YES

NO

NO

NO

Class 3

NO

License required. (MG's are Class 3)

New Mexico (NM)

YES

YES

YES

YES

YES

YES

New York (NY)

Class 2

NO

NO

NO

YES

NO

New York City has its own regulations.

North Carolina (NC)

YES

YES

YES

YES

YES

YES

County permit required.

North Dakota (ND)

YES

YES

YES

YES

YES

YES

Permit required.

Ohio (OH)

YES

YES

YES

YES

YES

YES

Oklahoma (OK)

YES

YES

YES

YES

YES

YES

Oregon (OR)

YES

YES

YES

YES

YES

YES

Pennsylvania (PA)

YES

YES

YES

YES

YES

YES

Certain localities may have restrictions.

Rhode Island (RI)

Class 3

Police

NO

NO

NO

NO

South Carolina (SC)

Class 3

YES

YES

YES

YES

YES

State registration required. (MG's are Class 2 only)

South Dakota (SD)

YES

YES

YES

YES

YES

YES

Tennessee (TN)

YES

YES

YES

YES

YES

YES

Texas (TX)

YES

YES

YES

YES

YES

YES

Utah (UT)

YES

YES

YES

YES

YES

YES

Salt Lake County does not allow silencers.

Vermont (VT)

YES

NO

YES

YES

YES

YES

There will be a $25 fine for each silencer offence.

Virginia (VA)

YES

YES

YES

YES

YES

YES

State registration required. Certain localities may have restrictions.

Washington (WA)

YES

YES

YES

YES

YES

YES

West Virginia (WV)

YES

YES

YES

YES

YES

YES

Wisconsin (WI)

YES

YES

YES

YES

YES

YES

Certain localities may have restrictions.

Wyoming (WY)

YES

YES

YES

YES

YES

YES

 

 

 

Note:
MG machine gun
SBR short barreled rifle
SBS short barreled shotguns
AOW any other weapon (cane guns, wallet guns, pen guns)
DD destructive device (M203 & M79 grenade launchers, USAS-12 and Striker shotguns)

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