Here Are The Actual Federal Laws Regulating Machine Guns In The U.S.

Private ownership of machine guns made after 1986 is banned by federal law. All pre-1986 automatic weapons must be registered with the ATF and require extensive background checks before private citizens may own them.

The horrific mass shooting of scores of people in Las Vegas on Sunday has once again re-ignited the gun control debate in the U.S. News reports indicate that the shooter, who opened fired on a crowd of concertgoers on Sunday night, killed at least 50 people and wounded more than 200. Audio recordings of the shooting, which captured rapid fire bursts, suggest that the shooter used a fully automatic weapon. The speculation that the shooter may have used fully automatic weapons set off frenzied demands that the government do something to ban these weapons and charges that the so-called gun lobby was responsible for making machine guns legal and easy to buy.

  • DMB

    This is no different than Chicago which has one of the strictest gun laws in America yet has one of the highest homicide rates in America. Banning guns is not the answer since it only restricts access to law abiding gun owners and not to criminals. It is about enforcement of the law were the authorities should focus on preventing access to guns to criminals and people with psychiatric problems.

  • Is it possible that these guns were illegally purchased?

    • Jay Currie

      Surely you jest? Random psychotics would never break the law.

    • ontario john

      Its those damn hunters and farmers! Can nothing stop them??

    • Hard Little Machine

      Yes it’s possible. Depending on the number of them purchased though the probabilities drop. And it seems like an absurdly expensive proposition. Seems odd someone would buy one or two and then if the reports are right, buy 2 other legal guns and 16 more that are seemingly unaccounted for. Ok so Charles Whitman went up in the clock tower out of the blue and shot 3 dozen people but he had a brain tumor and didn’t plan it out. This is something different.

  • ontario john

    Yes, because gun control laws have worked out so well in diverse Toronto.

    • terrence22

      And in Chicago, which has the strictest gun control laws in the USA, and one of the HIGHEST black on black murder rates.

      • mauser 98

        Rahm Emanuel busy at Global Warming conferences

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    • Hard Little Machine

      It’s not the movies. A suppressor will cut the noise at the muzzle to 100dB. Still pretty loud. From across the street and 300 ft overhead I’m sure it would make zero difference.

      • mauser 98

        full auto would melt any suppressor

      • Jaedo Drax

        Noise level chart shows 160 to 165 dba (
        suppressor -30db (average)

        so you’ve turned your gun from gun level of sound to air raid siren level of sound…

  • Brett McS

    I’ve heard that it is relatively simple to convert a semi-auto to full-auto.

    • canminuteman

      It’s do-able, easier with some guns than others, but most full auto guns have totally different trigger mechanisms than semis so you have a whole bunch of totally different parts in whats referred to as the “fire control group”.

    • Hard Little Machine

      If you understand the mechanics and you are a machinist and you have the tools. And you aren’t worried that the gun will quickly breakdown and/or overheat or explode.