Any North Carolina members here who own a fully automatic weapon?


July 27, 2004, 09:04 PM
I am moving to Charlotte soon and it looks like all firearms that fall under the NFA are illegal to own there. Can someone shed some light on this for me? I may have a bit of a problem here. HELP!!!! :(

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El Tejon
July 27, 2004, 10:25 PM
May want to check again and check with the Sheriff there.

July 28, 2004, 09:20 AM
I don't, personally, but I know plenty of NC residents that do.

July 28, 2004, 09:30 AM
I live in Charlotte (Mecklenberg County) and the Sheriff is known for not signing off on Class III at all. Some of the surrounding counties are somewhat less restrictive though. I know of one local range where you can rent full auto. If you have any questions about the area or anything once you're here I'll be happy to help with what I can.

July 28, 2004, 10:26 AM
Thanks guys! I feel much better now. Apparently the webpage I was reading is out of date or simply incorrect.

prisoner6- I will be down there in about 2 weeks. I can't wait. Perhaps when I am settled in I could get you to give me some information on ranges, gun stores, etc.....

July 28, 2004, 11:41 AM
Well, If you can't, bring them on down to Columbia and I'll take car of them for you! :D

July 28, 2004, 11:47 AM
No problem, just give me a shout and I'll try to answer what I can and get you in touch with someone for those I can't.

July 28, 2004, 05:01 PM
Also from (link to .pdf, updated slightly, but not relevant to this discussion)

Under the "Weapons of Mass Destruction" section, it shows the typical exemptions from prohibition: banks, merchants, cops, soldiers, etc... There is also a reference to 'licensed collectors":

"2.Importers, manufacturers, dealers, and collectors of firearms, ammunition, or destructive devices validly licensed under the laws of the United States or the State of North Carolina, while lawfully engaged in activities authorized under their licenses;"

Does that mean the Sheriff is authorized to issue a license/permit/whatever just for collecting NFA stuff?

Also referenced under the separate Machine Gun section:

"Therefore, certain conditions must be met by the possessor of a machine gun before it may be lawfully kept in North Carolina. First, the possessor must fall within one of the specifically listed exceptions to the general prohibition of ownership. Second, one must also apply for a permit to possess the weapon from the Sheriff. "

And listing as included among the exemptions:

"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."

So under the MG section, it implies that you must have a license from the Sheriff, and it must be for "scientific or experimental purposes".


July 28, 2004, 07:21 PM
I don't have one, but I met a gentleman at the local range who had an M16 with him. I fired it, it was the real deal. I don't know what kind of hoops he had to jump through, but he was retired, soft spoken, knowledgable of the technical/legal issues and seemed very respectable to me. I doubt very much that it was illegal. I just didn't ask what was required to get one. I have no interest in a hole in my wallet to throw ammo into.

July 29, 2004, 09:53 AM
I worked with a guy at a gun shop in NC who legally owned several automatic weapons. He was legally a resident of Halifax County, and there Sheriff there signed the paperwork for him.

It is legal, but it can be kind of tricky, depending on your county of residence.

July 29, 2004, 12:33 PM
Shooter's Express just west of Charlotte has a couple of full-autos they rent out at their range. 1 Uzi, 1 MP5. Have to use their ammo though, IIRC. Between Charlotte and Gastonia near Mount Holly.

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