Florida law is silent regarding the manufacture, sale or transfer, transportation, licensing, or registration of machine guns and/or fully-automatic firearms. Florida prohibits any person from owning or having in his or her care, custody, possession, or control any machine gun which is, or may readily be made, operable. This prohibition does not apply to antique firearms or firearms that are lawfully owned and possessed under provisions of federal law.1 Federal law generally allows the possession of machine guns manufactured prior to May 19, 1986 so long as they are registered.
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- Fla. Stat. §§ 790.221(1) and (3). “Machine gun” is defined as “any firearm, as defined herein, which shoots, or is designed to shoot, automatically more than one shot, without manually reloading, by a single function of the trigger.” Fla. Stat. § 790.001(9). ⤴︎