Machine Guns & Automatic Firearms in Missouri

Posted on August 21, 2015

Missouri prohibits the knowing possession, sale, manufacture, transportation or repair of a machine gun, if the possession, sale, manufacture, transportation or repair is “in violation of federal law.”1 However, federal law generally allows private citizens to acquire and possess machine guns manufactured prior to May 19, 1986 so long as they are registered.

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  1. Mo. Rev. Stat. § 571.020.1(6). Missouri defines a machine gun as any firearm that is capable of firing more than one shot automatically, without manual reloading, by a single function of the trigger. Mo. Rev. Stat. § 571.010(14). See also Mo. Rev. Stat. § 571.080 (making a violation of 18 U.S.C. § 922(b) a state crime). 18 U.S.C. § 922(b)(4) refers to the transfer of machine guns. []