Utah law does not prohibit the possession or transfer of machine guns. Utah law only provides that no person under age 18 may possess a “fully automatic weapon,” which includes a machine gun.1

Federal law generally allows the possession of machine guns manufactured prior to May 19, 1986 so long as they are registered, and the requirements of state and local law are met. In 2017, Utah enacted a law requiring local law enforcement agencies to destroy any certification or notification required by federal law for the transfer or manufacture of machine guns. Prior to their destruction, these certifications or notifications are not public records.2

See our Machine Guns policy summary for a comprehensive discussion of this issue.

  1. Utah Code Ann. § 76-10-509.4. ⤴︎
  2. Utah Code Ann. §§ 53-5a-104(7), (8). ⤴︎