Illinois prohibits the knowing sale, manufacture, purchase, possession or carrying of a machine gun.1 Illinois defines a machine gun as “any weapon, which shoots, is designed to shoot, or can be readily restored to shoot, automatically more than one shot without manually reloading by a single function of the trigger, including the frame or receiver of any such weapon.” Any combination of parts designed or intended for use in converting any weapon into a machine gun, or any combination or parts from which a machine gun can be assembled, also constitutes a machine gun for purposes of these prohibitions.2

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  1. 720 Ill. Comp. Stat. 5/24-1(a)(7)(i). ⤴︎
  2. Id. ⤴︎