Is My M1A Legal?

June 23, 2009 by  
Filed under M1A Rifles

We have a long and rich history of trying to protect our citizens by infringing on the rights of gun owners. These laws have gone back and forth, protecting the rights of gun owners, and restricting them. Military assault rifles and semi-automatic rifles also seem to get caught up in the cross hairs on these issues. Lets take a look at some of the federal and state laws you need to be aware of when it concerns ownership of the M1A. If you live in a state not listed, be sure to check with local authorities regarding the specific laws. We’ve only included the more complicated laws and most populous states.

Federal and National Law-

The National Firearms Act requires short barreled rifles, machine type guns, and many semi-automatic weapons be regulated. This means you may have register the gun in accordance to the national requirements. The federal act trumps any state laws currently in place. Keep this in mind when you are planning on purchasing an M1A.


There is no permit required by the state to purchase or own, but you will need to register in accordance with the National Firearms Act. There are laws governing where you can shoot the rifle, and under what circumstances.


California has some complicated regulations in effect. You will want to check with your local government to see what applies and doesn’t. In general though, all firearms must be purchased through a registered dealer. Some types of guns will also require proof of residency and a safety certificate. All sales are recorded by the state, and in some cases the serial numbers are registered. There are restrictions on some modifications.


The state of Connecticut does require you to permit and register some types of guns. In this state you must start with your local police departments to start the permit process. Some towns will require letters of reference, or even an essay on why you want to carry a gun.

District Of Columbia-

If you want to purchase a gun in DC, we wish you luck. The laws governing sales and ownership in DC are complicated. If you are able to purchase one, you will need to register it with several agencies.



This state bases their laws and regulations depending on the class of gun. The requirements are different. They may also require a license to purchase ammunition for the gun. Generally you have to take a class approved by the state. Private sales are regulated as well.


Texas is fairly lenient when it comes to their gun laws. As long as you are over 18, not a convicted felon, and follow the NFA regulations, then you can carry almost any kind of gun you wish.

You can not discharge them unless you are in an approved area. The law allows for open carry, however, some police will site you for disorderly conduct if they see you. In Texas the federal laws are generally the backbone for their restrictions and regulations.