Here is the law regarding machine guns in my state, NC.
D. Machine Guns
Pursuant to North Carolina General Statute § 14-409, it is unlawful for any person, firm, or
corporation to manufacture, sell, give away, dispose of, use or possess machine guns,
sub-machine guns, or other like weapons. A machine gun or sub-machine gun is one which
shoots, or can be readily restored to shoot more than one round, without manual reloading, by a
single function of the trigger. It also includes any frame or receiver of such a weapon, or parts
used in converting a weapon into a machine gun or sub-machine gun. This prohibition does not
apply to the following:
1. banks, merchants, and recognized business establishments for use in their
respective places of business. However, these persons must first apply to and
receive from the sheriff of the county in which their business is located, a permit
to possess the weapon for the purpose of defending their business;
2. officers and soldiers of the United States Armed Forces, when in the discharge of
their official duties;
3. officers and soldiers of the Militia, when being called into actual service;
4. officers of the state, or county, city or town, charged with the execution oflaws of
the state, when acting in the discharge of their official duties;
5. the manufacture, use, or possession of such weapons for scientific or experimental
purposes when such manufacture, use, or possession is lawful under federal laws
and the weapon is registered with a federal agency, and a permit to manufacture,
use, or possess the weapon has been obtained by the sheriff of the county in which
the weapon is located; or
6. a person who lawfully possesses or owns a weapon in compliance with 26 U.S.C.
Chaper 53, §§ 5801-5871. Nothing limits however the discretion of the sheriff in
executing the paperwork required by the United States Bureau of Alcohol,
Tobacco and Firearms for such person to obtain the weapon.
Any bona fide resident of the state who now owns a machine gun used in former wars may
retain and keep that weapon at his or her own property, as a relic or souvenir, without violating
the provisions of this section, as long as he/she reports this weapon to the sheriff of the county in
which he/she lives.
Bold is mine. The Sheriff has complete discretion on who can own a machine gun in his or her county in NC.
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