What Defines a Machine Gun?

When it comes to firearms, misconceptions are common problems that can lead to serious legal problems. In the state of Texas, gun laws permit almost any conventional firearm with the major exceptions of machine guns and improvised firearms. However, if asked to define a machine gun, many citizens might give descriptions of stationary or oversized belt-fed machines. In reality, machine guns can be much less conspicuous and significantly more variable in design.

If you have been accused of the illegal possession of a firearm, you need informed legal assistance. Contact Austin criminal attorney Ian Inglis today at (512) 472-1950 to learn more about gun control laws in Texas that could affect you.

Elements of a Machine Gun

According to the law, Texas does not permit machine guns to be openly sold or possessed unless very specific regulations are met. A weapon may be considered a machine gun if any of the following apply:

  • If it is able to shoot several rounds with a single pull of the trigger
  • If it includes any mechanism that would increase the rate of fire to automatic fire
  • If it has been called a submachine gun
  • If it has been called a machine pistol
  • In general, if it uses or can use a belt-feeder

Machine guns can range from automatic rifles, pistols, or small submachine guns. In some cases, there are modified models, specified for civilian purchase, that may meet the requirements of U.S. machine gun laws. However, if the weapon is readily capable of automatic fire, it is still legally considered a machine gun.

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If you have questions concerning a firearm charge or how a machine gun can be legally purchased and owned, a professional advocate can direct you to the right answer. Contact Austin criminal lawyer Ian Inglis today at (512) 472-1950 to learn more about your rights under the law and how to further avoid legal complications.


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