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Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence. 2021 ‘Machine Guns & Automatic Firearms in North Carolina.’ Hardware & Ammunition. San Francisco, CA: Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence. 8 March
Machine Guns and Automatic Firearms in North Carolina
With certain exceptions, North Carolina prohibits any person, firm, or corporation from manufacturing, selling, giving away, disposing of, using, or possessing any machine gun or submachine gun, unless the person lawfully possesses or owns the weapon in compliance with federal law.
Federal law generally allows private citizens to possess machine guns manufactured prior to May 19, 1986 so long as they are registered, and are not prohibited by state or local law. However, North Carolina law explicitly grants a sheriff discretion in executing the paperwork required by the United States Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms for such person to obtain the weapon…
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