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How many Automatic Weapons were there

Discussion in 'NFA Firearms and Accessories' started by Sgt.Murtaugh, Jan 4, 2013.

  1. Sgt.Murtaugh

    Sgt.Murtaugh Well-Known Member

    when the ban went into effect? Someone just told me a ban on AR's would work, citing how few crimes are committed with full-auto firearms today because of the NFA ban that occurred decades ago.

    My thought is that there are tons more AR15's in circulation than there were full-auto firearms at the time of its ban. However, I cannot find any numbers to refer to.
    Last edited: Jan 4, 2013
  2. Bubbles

    Bubbles Well-Known Member

    Obviously these aren't all transferrables, but in 1995 there were about 240,000 total machine guns registered with the ATF per

    Even if they were all transferrable, that number is dwarfed by the number of semi-auto rifles in the public's hands today.
  3. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

    It's probably dwarfed by the unregistered ones in Los Angles too! :D

  4. Sgt.Murtaugh

    Sgt.Murtaugh Well-Known Member

    good stuff. thanks bubbles.
  5. gc70

    gc70 Well-Known Member

    That is very interesting.

    In 1995, there were "over 240,000" machine guns registered with the ATF.
    In March of 2012, there were 488,065 machine guns registered with the ATF.

    Since citizens have not been able to add to the stock of machine guns since 1986, that means that federal and state entities and police organizations have acquired nearly a quarter of a million machine guns in the last 17 years.
  6. Grassman

    Grassman Well-Known Member

    I believe it.
  7. kludge

    kludge Well-Known Member

    Fixed it for you.

    Law-abiding citizens register their full-autos.

    Criminals don't.

    See the connection?
  8. JustinJ

    JustinJ Well-Known Member

    There really aren't many crimes in the US committed with unregistered either. Of course the percentage of the population who had select fire guns at the time of the ban likely is dwarfed by the number who have weapons in the same class as the AR today.
  9. medalguy

    medalguy Well-Known Member

    The figure also includes all post-ban samples and newly manufactured guns being held by manufacturers. Not all the new entries are being held by governmental organizations. And you have to wonder if just possibly the figures might be skewed by SBR and SBS figures too? Maybe the larger figure is all types of NFA weapons and not just MGs.
  10. JohnBT

    JohnBT Well-Known Member

    I'm sort of surprised there aren't more in the U.S. A few years ago National Geographic printed that there were over 10 million AKs in Yemen.
  11. Carl N. Brown

    Carl N. Brown Well-Known Member

    FBI UCR has murders with firearms broken out by rifle, shotgun, handgun, other, and type not stated. Makes me wonder how amany of the other or type not stated are illegal, unregistered NFA items.

    from the FBI UCR 
    Homicides in America       2005   2006   2007   2008   2009
    Total                    14,965 15,087 14,916 14,224 13,636
    Total firearms:          10,158 10,225 10,129  9,528  9,146
    Handguns                  7,565  7,836  7,398  6,800  6,452
    Rifles                      445    438    453    380    348
    Shotguns                    522    490    457    442    418
    Other guns                  138    107    116     81     94
    Firearms, type not stated 1,488  1,354  1,705  1,825  1,834
    Knives, cutting weapons   1,920  1,830  1,817  1,888  1,825
    Blunt objects               608    618    647    603    611
    Hands, fists, feet, etc.    905    841    869    875    801
    Poison                        9     12     10      9      6
    Explosives                    2      1      1     11      2
    Fire                        125    117    131     85     99
    Narcotics                    46     48     52     34     45
    Drowning                     20     12     12     16      8
    Strangulation               118    137    134     89    121
    Asphyxiation                 96    106    109     87     77
    Other weapons/not stated    958  1,140  1,005    999    895
    On putting military style Semi-autos on the NFA, REMEMBER there was no murders by civilians with registered machine guns from 1934 to 1986, one murder with a registered machinegun by a crooked cop, and still the Democrats rushed the Hughes Amendment through to close the NFA registry to additional civilian registration of new or imported machineguns after 19 May 1986. We accept registration of military-style semi-autos, it will be inevitable that they will pull a midnight run and push a Hughes Amendment type closure of the NFA registry to semi-autos, if they don't pull a confiscation order like Howard of OZ 1996.
    Last edited: Jan 4, 2013
  12. Bubbles

    Bubbles Well-Known Member

    Goes to safe, starts counting... :D
  13. medalguy

    medalguy Well-Known Member

    Yeah, yeah, rub it in.:neener:
  14. helotaxi

    helotaxi Well-Known Member

    When you consider that fully auto firearms have been very tightly regulated since 1936 and it was really only the big time criminals using them before that, fully auto firearms have never been a major player in crime. Just like semi-auto rifles aren't now. Fully auto firearms were also never very common in civilian hands; same can't be said for semi-autos. The idea that any type of ban could 1) be enforced, 2) found Constitutional by an honest court and 3) have any effect on crime is laughable.
  15. mboylan

    mboylan Well-Known Member

    The accepted number from most nfa forums is 181,000 transferable machine guns exist in the US.
  16. Charger442

    Charger442 Well-Known Member

    most of those from the last 17 years i would say are post-86 dealer samples. only transferable from dealer to dealer, not to non-07/SOTs.
  17. rdhood

    rdhood Well-Known Member

    There really aren't many crimes in the U.S. committed with rifles of any sort. That is why an AWB is so ludicrous.
  18. MErl

    MErl Well-Known Member

    criminals don't bother to use machine guns for two good reasons:

    a hi point fits in your pocket easier.
    5 shots from a hi point makes someone just as dead.
  19. lhpgators

    lhpgators New Member

    It looks like Hands, Feet and Fists cause twice as many murders than rifles? Maybe we should ban Hands, Feet and Fists instead.
  20. PedalBiker

    PedalBiker Well-Known Member

    Rifles in general don't get used much in crime.Full auto just isn't terribly conducive to crime, otherwise crooks would be converting semi autos at a much larger rate.

    The full auto ban was stupid, it's not like they were used much in crime before.

    How many crimes are committed with school buses? Most criminals use the same kinds of cars we usually drive to work.

    The things that are most useful are the ones that get used most - by everyone. If I had a jackhammer I still wouldn't use it for much. I use my Sears cordless drill all the time.

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