Texas law prohibits intentionally or knowingly possessing, manufacturing, transporting, repairing, or selling a machine gun.1 However, it is a defense to prosecution if the machine gun was properly registered under federal law.2 Note that federal law generally allows private citizens to register machine guns so long as the machine guns were manufactured prior to May 19, 1986.

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  1. Tex. Penal Code § 46.05(a)(2). ⤴︎
  2. Tex. Penal Code § 46.05(b), (c). ⤴︎