STATES THAT BAN NFA FIREARMS
Currently, 37 states allow for the ownership of NFA firearms, although some have specific rules, such as whether a machine gun must be registered at the state or county level.
Here is a breakdown for the other states, as well as the District of Columbia, that ban or otherwise restrict machine guns and other NFA firearms:
California bans ownership of NFA weapons, including automatic weapons and short-barreled shotguns or rifles prohibited without a Department of Justice “Dangerous Weapons Permit.”
Delaware bans machine guns, suppressors, destructive devices and short-barreled shotguns for the average citizen.
Hawaii bans machine guns, short-barreled rifles, short-barreled shotguns and silencers/suppressors for the average citizen.
Illinois bans automatic firearms, short-barreled shotguns and suppressors. Short-barreled rifles are allowed only for Curios and Relics license-holders or members of a bona fide military reenactment group.
Massachusetts: A machine gun license is required to possess a machine gun.
Minnesota bans machine guns and short-barreled shotguns in most cases, unless they are classified as curios or relics.
Nevada: Possession and ownership of a short-barreled rifle, short-barreled shotgun, machine gun (selective-fire weapon) or silencer—all NFA items—are subject to federal purview and regulation.
New Jersey: Possession of a machine gun requires a state license, which is granted on a “may issue” basis by a county superior court judge. Machine gun licenses are extremely difficult to obtain.
New York bans ownership of machine guns, suppressors, shortbarreled rifles and short-barreled shotguns for the average citizen.
Rhode Island: It is a violation of state law to possess any NFA weapon or silencers, with the exception of Class III FFLS.
Texas: Texas Penal Code Section 46.05 requires that “explosive weapons,” “machine guns,” “short-barrel firearms” and “firearm silencers,” as defined in Section 46.01, be “registered in the
National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record maintained by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives or classified as a curio or relic by the United States Department of Justice.”
Washington: Machine guns and short-barreled shotguns, unless purchased before July 1, 1994, are illegal for non-law-enforcement possession.
Washington, D.C., bans automatic firearms, short-barreled rifles, short-barreled shotguns and silencers.
Wisconsin: Machine guns are restricted; exceptions apply.