State NFA Restrictions

The laws regarding NFA (Class III) items vary from state to state. Most states allow the owership and possesion of Title II Class III item with provisions Some states prohibit the possession of any Title II Class III item. We have compiled a list of the states and their requirements as a guide. Please be aware that this information does change.


KEY  
MG - Machine Gun LBDD - Large bore destructive device
SS - Sound Suppressor EXDD - Explosive, incendiary or poison gas destructive device
SBR - Short Barrel Rifle C&R - Curio & Relic
SBS - Short Barreled Shotgun DWT - Deactivated War Trophy (made permanently non-functional)
AOW - Any Other Weapon    
   
State
MG
SS
SBR
SBS
AOW
LBDD
EXDD
Special Provisions
Alabama
Yes
Yes
No
No
Yes
Yes
?
None
Alaska
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
None
Arkansas
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
?
State registration of pistol caliber MG's over .30
Arizona
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
None
California
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Requires discretionary and rarely issued permit for MG, LBDD, or EXDD from state Dept. of Justice; no AOW pen guns; C&R sg, sr only
Colorado
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Requires state explosives permit for EXDD
Connecticut
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
?
No select fire MG's-full auto's only, after 1993 assault weapon ban, state registration of MG's
Delaware
No
No
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
No
No smooth bore pistol AOW's
State
MG
SS
SBR
SBS
AOW
LBDD
EXDD
Special Provisions
Florida
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
None
Georgia
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
No incendiary EXDD's
Hawaii
No
No
No
No
No
No
No
None
Idaho
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
None
Illinois
No
No
No
No
Yes
?
No
None
Indiana
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
?
None
Iowa
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Only SS, SBR, SBS, LBDD and EXDD designated as collector's items by the Commander of Public Safety - use the BATFE C&R list
Kansas
No
No
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
No
Only DWT machine guns are OK 
State
MG
SS
SBR
SBS
AOW
LBDD
EXDD
Special Provisions
Kentucky
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
None
Louisiana
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
MG's require a permit to purchase - war relics only; MG's, SS, SBR, SBG and some EXDD's require a permit to purchase
Maine
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
None
Maryland
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
MG's must be registered
Massachusetts
Yes
No
Yes
No
No
Yes
No
License for MG's required; 1998 law bans convert firearms (AOW's) & SBS
Michigan
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
FFL needed to own MG's; no incendiary EXDD; C&R for SBR & SBS only
Minnesota
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
?
C&R MG, SBS only, registration required
Mississippi
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
As of 07/01/2000, SS are legal, but must be registered with the state
State
MG
SS
SBR
SBS
AOW
LBDD
EXDD
Special Provisions
Missouri
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
No
C&R MG, SBR, SBS only to non-FFL holders; FFL holders (including C&R) any MG, SBR, SBS
Montana
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
No
State law banning SS and requiring pistol caliber MG's over .30 be registered with state repealed was 04/23/1999
Nebraska
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
None
Nevada
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
None
New Hampshire
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
None
New Jersey
Yes
No
No
No
Yes
No
No
MG requires discretionary and rarely issued permit from state court
New Mexico
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
None
New York
No
No
No
No
Yes
Yes
No
AOW smooth bore handguns are allowed, on a state pistol license
State
MG
SS
SBR
SBS
AOW
LBDD
EXDD
Special Provisions
North Carolina
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
A sheriff's permit required for MG's; must be FFL holder (including C&R) for MG, SS, SBR, SBS, LBDD and EXDD, or fall into another exception.
North Dakota
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Federal "licensees" required to register all NFA weapons with state when possessed for "protection or sale"
Ohio
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
None
Oklahoma
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
None
Oregon
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
No incendiary EXDD's
Pennsylvania
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
None
Rhode Island
No
No
No
No
Yes
Yes
?
None
South Carolina
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
?
In 2001, South Carolina law was changed to permit all Federally registered items
South Dakota
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
None
State
MG
SS
SBR
SBS
AOW
LBDD
EXDD
Special Provisions
Tennessee
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
?
None
Texas
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
None
Utah
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
None
Vermont
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
None
Virginia
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
State registration of all MG's
Washington
No
Yes
No
No
Yes
Yes
No
Suppressor (SS) may not be used on a gun
West Virginia
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
?
None
Wisconsin
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Permit required for EXDD, no incendiary EXDD's; no pistol caliber MG's w/o permit
Wyoming
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
?
None
 
KEY  
MG - Machine Gun LBDD - Large bore destructive device
SS - Sound Suppressor EXDD - Explosive, incendiary or poison gas destructive device
SBR - Short Barrel Rifle C&R - Curio & Relic
SBS - Short Barreled Shotgun DWT - Deactivated War Trophy (made permanently non-functional)
AOW - Any Other Weapon    

 

Please Be Aware: The above chart is for informational purposes only and not intended to be used as a legal instrument. It is correct using the information available at the time of publication on this website. For more information, contact your local BATFE office in your state or the BATFE / NFA branch, at 244 Needy Road, Martinsburg, West Virginia 25405, (304) 616-4500.

We do not provide legal advice. For information on registration and transfers to an entity such as a Corporation, L.L.C., or Revocable Trust etc, please contact us. We can refer you to an appropriate, competent attorney to assist you with your particular needs.
The information on this page was created and copyrighted by James Bardwell and was last updated in 2001. It is an excellent general guide, but the information is no longer being updated by Mr. Bardwell.

For the latest information, refer to the 2009-2010 edition of the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives' Publication 5300.5 - State Laws and Published Ordinances - Firearms (2009 - 2010 - 30th Edition), which is available online at: http://www.atf.gov/publications/firearms/state-laws/30th-edition/index.html
If you have an inquiry or would like more information about NFA Class III items, please contact us, or phone (937) 506-8108 Monday through Friday between the hours of 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Eastern time.

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