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Federal Machine Gun Ban

The federal government does not allow the possession or sale of firearms since the passage of the Firearm Owners’ Protection Act. This law, passed in 1986, contains a special addition that bans the possession of all machine guns in the United States, yet there are some important exceptions to this law.

If you have been charged with the unlawful sale or possession of a machine gun, you may face serious criminal charges and possible penalties. It is important to protect your rights and your livelihood, so contact the Appleton criminal attorneys of Hart Powell, S.C. by calling 414-271-9595 today.

Exemptions to the Machine Gun Ban

The machine gun ban covers any type of machine gun, regardless of the size or make of the weapon. According to the government, this means that any firearm that discharges multiple rounds with a single trigger squeeze cannot be legally possessed inside the United States. There are a few exemptions to this law, which include the following:

  • Machine gun ownership prior to May 19, 1986
  • Machine gun ownership by a properly licensed individual or agency
  • Modified machine guns that no longer have an automatic fire function

A person who fulfills these exceptions may own an automatic weapon without being subject to criminal punishment. However, any transfer or sale of that automatic weapon may still be illegal.

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If you have been charged with illegal gun possession crimes for owning a machine gun, you may face incarceration, fines, and loss of personal freedoms. To learn more about your defense options and how we may be able to help you, contact the Appleton criminal lawyers of Hart Powell, S.C. at 414-271-9595 today.