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North Dakota prohibits anyone from purchasing, selling, having, or possessing a machine gun or fully automatic rifle unless that person has complied with the National Firearms Act, which only requires that the firearms be registered.1 North Dakota law requires local law enforcement to approve the registration of a machine gun if the applicant meets minimal requirements.2

Federal law requires machine guns to be registered with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives (ATF), and generally prohibits the transfer or possession of machine guns manufactured after May 19, 1986.3 In December 2018, ATF finalized a rule to include bump stocks within the definition of a machine gun subject to this federal law, meaning that bump stocks will be generally banned as of March 26, 2019.4

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

  1. N.D. Cent. Code § 62.1-05-01.[]
  2. N.D. Cent. Code §62.1-05-03. Such registration must be approved “if the applicant is not prohibited by law from receiving or possessing the firearm or is not the subject of a proceeding that could result in the applicant being prohibited by law from receiving or possessing the firearm.” Id.[]
  3. 18 U.S.C. § 922(o); 26 U.S.C. § 5861(d).[]
  4. Bump-Stock-Type Devices, 83 Fed. Reg. 66,514 (Dec. 26, 2018) (to be codified at 27 C.F.R. pts. 447, 478, 479).[]