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Government Statistics > Gun Laws > Prohibited firearms (most recent) by state

DEFINITION: Legislation regarding restrictions on firearms that can be legally purchased.
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Alabama It is illegal for a person to possess, obtain, receive, sell, or use a short-barreled rifle or shotgun, except for a peace officer engaged in official duties.
Alaska It is illegal to manufacture, possess, transport, sell, or transfer a prohibited weapon, which includes a machine gun, short-barrel rifle, or short-barrel shotgun.
American Samoa It is unlawful to knowingly possess, manufacture, transport, repair, or sell a machine gun, a short barreled rifle or shotgun, or any other firearm for which a valid license from the commissioner of public safety has not been obtained. (Exceptions to these prohibitions are stated in the prohibited weapons statute.)
Arizona It is illegal to manufacture, possess, transport, sell, or transfer a prohibited weapon, which includes a machine gun or a short-barreled rifle or shotgun (unless it is registered in accordance with federal law).
Arkansas It is illegal, with limited exceptions, to use, possess, make, repair, sell, or otherwise deal in a machine gun or sawed-off shotgun or rifle, or a firearm specially made or specially adapted for silent discharge.
California Short-barreled rifles and shotguns, unsafe handguns, machine guns, assault weapons, and several other types of firearms are prohibited, with limited exceptions.
Colorado Felons and juvenile offenders can regain firearm rights if they receive a pardon from the president or the governor. Connecticut
Delaware It is illegal, with limited exceptions, to sell, transfer, buy, receive, or possess a sawed-off shotgun or machine gun or any other firearm adaptable for use as a machine gun.
District of Columbia A registration certificate shall not be issued for a sawed-off shotgun, machine gun, short-barreled rifle, or handgun not validly registered prior to September 24, 1976. Handguns cannot be purchased, except by law enforcement officers, retired District police officers, military personnel, licensed dealers, and organizations employing at least one commissioned special police officer or employee licensed to carry a firearm (where the handgun is used solely during the employee's duty hours).
Florida It is unlawful, with limited exceptions, for any person to own or have care, custody, possession, or control of a short-barreled rifle or shotgun or a machine gun which is or may readily be made operable.
Georgia It is illegal, with limited exceptions, to possess a sawed-off shotgun, sawed-off rifle, or machine gun.
Guam The manufacture, possession, sale, barter, trade, gift, transfer, or acquisition of any machine guns, submachine guns, automatic rifles, or certain short firearms is prohibited.
Hawaii Since July 1, 1992, an assault pistol cannot be brought into Hawaii and, if legally owned before that date, can only be transferred to a licensed dealer or a county chief of police. Possession, sale, or transfer of an automatic firearm or a short barrel rifle or shotgun is prohibited. It is unlawful to possess or sell a handgun made of zinc alloy with a melting temperature of less than 800 degrees Fahrenheit.
Idaho None.
Illinois It is illegal to sell, manufacture, purchase, possess, or carry a machine gun or a short-barreled rifle or shotgun.
Indiana It is illegal, with limited exceptions, to manufacture, cause to be manufactured, import, keep for sale, offer or expose for sale, give, lend, or possess a sawed-off shotgun, or to own or possess a machine gun.
Iowa It is illegal, with limited exceptions, to knowingly possess a machine gun, short-barreled rifle, short-barreled shotgun, silenced firearm, or any part or combination of parts designed or intended to be used to convert any device into a prohibited firearm.
Kansas It is a criminal use of a weapon to knowingly sell, manufacture, purchase, possess, or carry a shotgun with a barrel less than 18 inches in length or any other firearm designed to discharge or capable of discharging automatically more than once by a single function of the trigger. This prohibition does not apply to certain persons.
Kentucky None.
Louisiana No person (with limited exceptions) shall sell, keep or offer for sale, loan or give away, purchase, possess, carry, or transport a machine gun.
Maine It is illegal for a person to possess a machine gun, except for law enforcement or military personnel in the discharge of official duties, or if the machine gun is possessed in accordance with the NationalFirearms Act.
Maryland It is illegal, with limited exceptions, to possess or transfer an assault pistol on or after July 1,1994, or to possess a short-barreled rifle or shotgun. Any type of handgun that is not on the Maryland handgun roster may not be manufactured for sale in the State.
Massachusetts It is illegal to possess a machine gun (with limited exceptions) or a sawed-off shotgun. A firearm cannot be sold if it does not meet certain manufacturing standards or pass a firing test.
Michigan A person shall not manufacture, sell, offer for sale, or possess a machine gun or a short-barreled shotgun or rifle, with limited exceptions.
Minnesota It is illegal, with limited exceptions, to own or possess a machine gun or short-barreled shotgun. A "Saturday Night Special Pistol" cannot be sold by a licensed dealer or manufactured or assembled by any person.
Mississippi None.
Missouri It is illegal, with limited exceptions, to knowingly possess, manufacture, transport, repair, or sell a machine gun or a short-barreled rifle or shotgun.
Montana It is an offense, except under certain circumstances, to possess a sawed-off rifle or a sawed-off shotgun.
Nebraska It is an offense, except under certain circumstances, to possess a sawed-off rifle or a sawed-off shotgun.
Nevada It is illegal to knowingly or willfully possess, manufacture, or dispose of a short-barreled rifle or shotgun, or to possess or use a machine gun.
New Hampshire None.
New Jersey It is unlawful, with limited exceptions, to possess, manufacture, cause to be manufactured, transport, ship, sell, or dispose of a sawed-off shotgun, machine gun, or assault firearm.
New Mexico None.
New York It is illegal to possess a short barrel rifle or shotgun, a machine gun, a disguised gun, or an assault weapon, with limited exceptions.
North Carolina It is unlawful to manufacture, possess, sell, purchase, or acquire a fully automatic firearm, a short-barrel rifle or shotgun, or certain other firearms; or to manufacture, sell, give away, or possess machine guns, sub-machine guns, or other like weapons, except in limited circumstances.
North Dakota No person may possess, obtain,receive, sell, or use a short-barreled rifle or shotgun, or purchase, sell, have, or possess a machine gun or fully automatic rifle, unless the person is within one of the limited exceptions.
Ohio No person shall knowingly acquire, have, carry, or use any dangerous ordnance, which includes any automatic or sawed-off firearm or zip-gun.Certain exceptions are allowed.
Oklahoma It is illegal to possess or control a sawed-off shotgun or a sawed-off rifle, unless the firearm has been registered pursuant to Federal law.
Oregon It is unlawful to knowingly possess a machine gun, short-barreled rifle, or short-barreled shotgun, unless the firearm is registered as required under Federal law.
Pennsylvania It is illegal to sell or possess a machine gun, a sawed-off shotgun with a barrel less than 18 inches, or a firearm made or adapted for concealment or silent discharge, except when in compliance with the National Firearms Act.
Puerto Rico It is unlawful to sell or keep for sale, or offer, give, lease or otherwise dispose of or transport any automatic firearm, or to possess a machine gun, carbine, rifle, sawed-off shotgun or any other modification of these, or any other firearm that may be fired automatically.
Rhode Island No person shall manufacture, sell, purchase, or possess a machine gun, or possess or control a sawed-off shotgun or sawed-off rifle unless the person is within one of the limited exceptions.
South Carolina It is unlawful, with limited exceptions, for a person to transport, store, keep, possess, sell, rent, or give away a machine gun, military firearm, or sawed-off shotgun or rifle. No licensed retail dealer may hold, store, handle, sell, offer for sale, or otherwise possess a pistol or other handgun with a die-cast, metal alloy frame or receiver which melts at a temperature of less than 800 degrees Fahrenheit.
South Dakota It is illegal, with limited exceptions, to knowingly possess a controlled weapon, which includes a machine gun or short shotgun.
Tennessee It is an offense to intentionally or knowingly possess, manufacture, transport, repair, or sell a machine gun or short-barrel rifle or shotgun, except in limited circumstances.
Texas It is an offense to intentionally or knowingly possess, manufacture, transport, repair, or sell a machine gun, a short-barrel rifle or shotgun, or a zip gun except in limited circumstances.
US Virgin Islands It is illegal to have, possess, bear, transport or carry any machine gun or sawed-off shotgun.
Utah None.
Vermont A person who possesses, sells, or offers for sale a zip gun shall be imprisoned or fined or both.
Washington It is unlawful, with limited exceptions, for any person to manufacture, own, buy, sell, loan, furnish, transport, or have in possession or under control any machine gun, short-barreled shotgun, or short-barreled rifle.
West Virginia It is unlawful for any person to carry, transport, or possess any machine gun, submachine gun, or any other fully automatic weapon, except in compliance with Federal law.
Wisconsin No person, with limited exceptions, may sell, possess, use, or transport any machine gun or other fully automatic weapon, or sell, offer to sell, transport, purchase, or possess a short-barreled shotgun or short-barreled rifle.
Wyoming None.

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"Gun Laws > Prohibited firearms by state", Bureau of Justice Statistics, 2003. Retrieved from http://www.StateMaster.com/graph/gov_gun_law_pro_fir-government-gun-laws-prohibited-firearms

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COMMENTARY     

Sean
7th October 2011
This person is wrong about Mass and FL. I lived in Mass and owned to MG's legally as an individual. I now live in FL. and still own them. The best thing is to look up your state law or contact a pro-gun lawyer.
Pat
4th February 2011
So if I live in the liberal state on New York,how would I be able, if I am allowed,to aquire an MP40 German submachine gun or a original Thompson strictly as a collector?
Richard
12th December 2010
THIS IS ALL WRONG, for the truth about machine gun legal states go to http://www.titleii.com/bardwell/nfa_faqhtml.html
Lawrence Parylla
24th October 2010
Please check you facts, I moved from NY to SC because it was a full auto legal state.

I own a F/A Thompson, F/A Uzi, and F/A M-16
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