Sunday, March 9, 2014
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• It is legal to possess a machine gun that is legally registered and possessed in compliance with all federal laws.
• It is illegal to hunt with or possess an automatic firearm while hunting.
• Federal law requires machine guns to be registered with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).
• Only automatic weapons manufactured and registered with the federal government before 1986 can be bought, owned and sold.
• Individuals must get prior ATF approval when transferring machine guns to another owner
• Machine guns cannot cross state lines without ATF approval.
• Anyone acquiring a machine gun must pass a Federal Bureau of Investigation criminal background investigation.
• A person is guilty of a criminal offense if he/she alters, removes or obscures the manufacturer's serial number or any other distinguishing identification number or mark on a firearm.
• It is illegal to discharge a firearm within 100 yards of a residential dwelling without the permission of the owner or an adult occupant of the home.
• It is illegal to hunt with an auto-loading firearm having a magazine capacity of more than five cartridges.
• It is illegal to hunt with a silencer, tracer bullets, exploding bullets.
• It is illegal to hunt migratory game birds with a shotgun capable of holding more than three shells, unless the gun is modified to only allow three shells in the magazine and chamber combined.
• A person under the age of 10 years of age is not eligible for a hunting license.
• It is against the law to allow a junior hunter (under the age of 16) to hunt without that hunter's parent or guardian, or a person at least 18 years of age approved by that hunter's parent or guardian who either holds a valid Maine hunting license or has successfully completed an approved hunter safety course.
• A hunter who is 16 years of age and who is hunting with a junior hunting license must complete a hunter safety course prior to hunting without the adult supervision.
SOURCE: The NRA Institute for Legislative Action, Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence
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