Fully Automatics and Machine Guns

Legal Memoranda
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BATFE Rulings

2010-3 — Identification of Maxim Side-Plate
This ruling clarifies that the right side-plate of a Vickers/Maxim-type firearm, manufactured with its camming lobe affixed in the proper location, and without an ATF approved block that prevents installation of machingegun fire control components, is a machinegun receiver, and therefore, a “machinegun” as defined by the Gun Control Act of 1968, 18 U.S.C. 921(a)(23), the National Firearms Act, 26 U.S.C. 5845(b), and their implementing regulations, 27 CFR 478.11 and 479.11, provided certain conditions are met.

California Department of Justice Firearms Bureau Resources
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Court Decisions and Precedent
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