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Reply #209: Possession of an actual AK-47 outside of police/military duty is a 10-year Federal felony. [View All]

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benEzra Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-15-09 05:03 PM
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209. Possession of an actual AK-47 outside of police/military duty is a 10-year Federal felony.
U.S. non-LEO civilians are limited to non-automatic guns only, unless you first obtain Federal authorization (BATFE Form 4).

A mentally competent adult with a clean record who can pass a Federal background check can legally own a NON-automatic civilian rifle that looks like an AK-47 (I shoot competitively and recreationally with one), but unlike a real AK-47 these are completely incapable of automatic fire and are designed to be difficult to convert to full auto.

Here's the process you have to go through to get a Form 4, BTW:

http://www.atf.gov/firearms/faq/faq2.htm#m

(M15) What are the required transfer procedures for an individual who is not qualified as a manufacturer, importer, or dealer of NFA firearms?

ATF Form 4 (5320.4) must be completed, in duplicate. The transferor first completes the face of the form. The transferee completes the transferee's certification on the reverse of the form and must have the "Law Enforcement Certification" completed by the chief law enforcement officer.

The transferee is to place, on each copy of the form, a 2-inch by 2-inch photograph of the transferee taken within the past year (proofs, group photographs or photocopies are unacceptable). The transferee's address must be a street address, not a post office box. If there is no street address, specific directions to the residence must be included.

If State or local law requires a permit or license to purchase, possess, or receive NFA firearms, a copy of the transferee's permit or license must accompany the application. A check or money order for $200 ($5 for transfer of "any other weapon") shall be made payable to ATF by the transferor. All signatures on both copies must be in ink.

Fingerprints also must be submitted on FBI Form FD-258, in duplicate. Fingerprints must be taken by a person qualified to do so, and must be clear and classifiable. If wear or damage to the fingertips do not allow clear prints, and if the prints are taken by a law enforcement official, a statement on his or her official letterhead giving the reason why good prints are unobtainable should accompany the fingerprints.

Forward the completed application and appropriate tax payment to the Bureau of ATF, P.O. Box 73201, Chicago, IL 60673.

Transfer of the NFA firearm may be made only upon approval of the ATF Form 4 by the NFA Branch. If the application is approved, the original of the form with the cancelled stamp affixed showing approval will be returned to the applicant. If the tax application is denied, the tax will be refunded.

Upon approval of the ATF Form 4, the transferor should transfer the firearm as soon as possible, since the firearm is now registered to the transferee.

(26 U.S.C. 5812, 27 CFR 479.84-86)


I believe there are fewer than 200 pre-1986 civilian-transferable AK-47's in this country. If you do get Federal permission to own one, prices start around $17,000 and go up from there.
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