View Full Version : What states ban short barreled shotguns?

March 27, 2007, 09:04 AM
Someone mentioned in another thread that some states forbid short barreled shotguns (I guess that means 18-20 inch too).

I understand it is illegal to shave them down to a certain length.

Remington LE website has a 14 inch barreld SG. Is that legal anywhere for civilian use?

March 27, 2007, 09:48 AM
It's not going to be legal anywhere in the United States unless you go through BATF and have it registered as a short barrel firearm or if your in L.E.

March 27, 2007, 10:03 AM
Did they mean Short Barreled Shotguns as in a NFA registered item? If so quite a number of states allow them but you have to pay the ATF a 200.00 building tax and get your chief law enforcement officer to sign off on it before you can cut it down (if your even allowed to cut the barrel yourself).

I know that Michigan does not allow short barreled rifles or shotguns, and that Florida does.

There is all the information in the NFA area of this website.

March 30, 2007, 04:08 PM
Wa state requires at least 18 1/2" barrel on your shotgun.

March 30, 2007, 10:48 PM
Do not plan on taking it to Canada. Of course, that goes for all your handguns, too.

Why own one??? HD?? Novelty ... mine is shorter than yours. No reply necessary!:D

March 30, 2007, 10:56 PM
It's stupid here in Cali because it says on the ATF page that machine guns are legal in Cali, but the tax stamps are never issued.

March 30, 2007, 10:59 PM
I think Canada it just has to be a factory made barrel. Could be wrong.

March 30, 2007, 11:03 PM
Federal law limits shotgun barrel length to 18inches. You may cut them shorter with the proper paperwork and a $200 transfer fee. You may also purchase shotgun pistols that are built to be pistols and are not cut down shotguns. These are classified as Any Other Weapons and require only a $5 transfer fee. These may not have barrels longer than 16 inches and may not have a shoulder stock, pistol grips only.

March 31, 2007, 12:14 AM
IC. I have an 18 inch 870. Better not go any lower....and better not go to Washington state.

March 31, 2007, 03:04 AM
Note: Talking about <18" barreled, NFA registered SBS's.

Per Mr. Bardwell, the following states prohibit ownership of SBS: AL, DE, HI, IL, IN, KS, MA, RI and WA. A couple of states allow C&R SBS only. While they are legal in CA, you don't stand a chance of ever getting one approved by the state.