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 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, 1986.2 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, 2019.3
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.4
See our Machine Guns policy summary for a comprehensive discussion of this issue.
- Utah Code Ann. § 76-10-509.4.
- 18 U.S.C. § 922(o); 26 U.S.C. § 5861(d).
- Bump-Stock-Type Devices, 83 Fed. Reg. 66,514 (Dec. 26, 2018) (to be codified at 27 C.F.R. pts. 447, 478, 479).
- Utah Code Ann. §§ 53-5a-104(7), (8).