January 21, 2013

NH machine gun ownership soars

The Associated Press

DOVER, N.H. — A newspaper analysis is reporting that the number of automatic weapons in New Hampshire has jumped since 2010, making it the No. 1 state in the number of automatic weapons per capita.

Foster's Daily Democrat reported Sunday that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives says there were 9,863 registered machine guns in New Hampshire last March, up 80 percent from December 2010.

The newspaper says it's unclear if the numbers reflect an increase in private ownership. The figures could include weapons for law enforcement and military use.

Automatic weapons fire as long as the trigger is depressed. It's illegal for civilians to own automatics made after 1986 without approval from the ATF.

The newspaper said there were 7.5 machine guns in New Hampshire per 100,000 people.

Were you interviewed for this story? If so, please fill out our accuracy form

Send question/comment to the editors




Further Discussion

Here at KJonline.com we value our readers and are committed to growing our community by encouraging you to add to the discussion. To ensure conscientious dialogue we have implemented a strict no-bullying policy. To participate, you must follow our Terms of Use.

Questions about the article? Add them below and we’ll try to answer them or do a follow-up post as soon as we can. Technical problems? Email them to us with an exact description of the problem. Make sure to include:
  • Type of computer or mobile device your are using
  • Exact operating system and browser you are viewing the site on (TIP: You can easily determine your operating system here.)