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October 4, 2007, 11:23 PM
Could a fully automatic gun be imported into the U.S. after the 1986 cut-off but be converted to semi-auto before sale to civillians?

October 5, 2007, 12:29 AM
Not unless you just imported a parts kit.

October 5, 2007, 08:54 AM
Absolutely not. If it was ever a machine gun in the U.S., it will always be a machine gun in the eyes of the BATFE.

David Hineline
October 7, 2007, 03:20 AM
What every part of the gun that's registered would have to be destroyed and a totally new one built that only has semi auto function.

James K
October 9, 2007, 04:25 PM
An importer could bring in guns in bond, destroy the receivers and then reassemble guns using newly made semi-auto receivers that were never on machineguns, plus legal length barrels if necessary. Then they could be removed from bond and sold without registration. (The rules on number of U.S. parts would still apply.) I don't know of anyone who is doing that at present, but it should be legal. (Century Arms did essentially that with M1 rifles which could not be imported, except they left the receivers physically in Canada.)