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    Hey all,

    Is it possible/legal to own a full auto Tommy gun copy in California? Is the semi-auto ok?

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    NO,and NO. You ,and I both live in the wrong state to have that kind of fun.Kalifornia has never allowed class 3 firearms like other states,and the "assault" weapons laws of the last few years mean the rear pistol grip on a Thompson is a no no.All our neighbor states are better places.Nevada holds a machine gun shoot out every year where you can rent a Thompson! A bit OT,but a lady at work just bought a new house in Idaho for 131,000 dollars.I cant buy lunch for that out here !

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    Not quite, Irishsteve. There are full-auto owners in Kalifornia that work in the film industry, however, for the average citizen it is next to impossible.
    As for a semi-auto version, it would be difficult but not impossible. I suggest you go to calguns.net and look into OLL builds. You would need to have a fixed 10 round magazine and possibly remove any muzzle break and to find a FFL that would bring in a semi Thompson.

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    Thank you guys!

    It seems that it is legal, provided some sacrifices be made:

    Removal of pistol grip means a detachable magazine, keeping the pistol grip means a non-detachable magazine.

    Any idea how you could load 10 bullets in a non-detachable drum magazine?? Is it even possible?

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    Individual ownership of MGs is legal in kali. I called the attorney general a few years ago and had them mail me everything pertaining to doing so, the rules governing such is a 1/2 - 3/4" thick monstrosity. You will also probably play hell finding a police chief or sheriff who will sign the paperwork from San Fran south.
    An example is the requrement that you have a safe in your vehickle to transport the gun to the range.
    Yep, lovely anti private citizen state you guys live in. Glad I'm in Colorado!!!
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    I know someone who obtained a CCW so he could carry his Mini 14 (12 inch barrel, folding stock and selector lever) under his coat in the winter. I doubt if this would be approved in California.

    I have told him that if he has to use it, he has problems since no one is going to believe that he acted in self defense.

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    Move to Texas as we love full auto here and in most places you will not have a problem getting the chief LEO signature!
    What has our country become? More takers than givers.

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    I know for a fact that M27 Thompson's were sold in California in the seventies. They had to have a longer barrel than the other models, and only fire semi automatically from a closed-bolt. Muzzle brakes are not silencers, so a pinned or welded on one--not quick-detachable--were legal, also. Some catalogs won't ship them to California, though, due to so many city and county restrictions that they just don't want to mess with. Also, if there has ever been a legal challenge in a state, many won't bother shipping to that state , either.
    Last edited by tintin; 12-09-2008 at 10:37 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tintin View Post
    I know for a fact that M27 Thompson's were sold in California in the seventies.
    California laws have changed dramatically since the 1970s in regard to firearms. All of the regs about semi-autos are from the 90s. I don't live there myself, but know many folks who do.

    Their AG office has some info: http://ag.ca.gov/firearms/regagunfaqs.php
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    as strange as it sounds, it's legal to own a MG in Ca.

    however, to get one requires discretionary and rarely issued permit for it, from Ca. Dept. of Justice. And good luck with that

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    so tell me again , why is california still attached to the united states ? it seems to me they have gone so far communist as to be no longer an american state ,

    sorry - it just bugs me to see fellow americans so controled by obvious socialists , i can imagine what the founding fathers would think of the situiation there

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