Originally Posted by Arethusa
It's very restrictive, and new imports and manufacture of Class III (genuine "assault") weaponry has been either illegal or extremely restricted since 1989. LabelKing's estimate of 30k for an M2HB is, at least from what I've seen, exceptionally generous.
Actually it's '86. Adding to Arethusa's comments, while 'new imports and manufacture has been either illegal or extremely restricted since' May, 1986, ownership of devices made prior to that date is legal provided your state allows it and: You are in accordance with the NFA of 1934 and susbsequent modifications; you pay a $200.00 tax for the transfer (and of course your new FBI file); you pass your background checks (must have a really clean record, even a DUI can get you rejected); and your sheriff signs off on the transfer to you. Prices are high, though there are a few things in the 4k range, 10-50k is common, and 100k-500k is not uncommon. There is a finite supply, and though MGs can be as old as turn of the century, none can be newer than 1986. The bloody things go up (way) faster than the DOW.
Sauce, if you're in Philly, I have know people from that area who shoot here: http://www.classicpistol.com/rentals_rates_info.asp
. I suggest renting a 1928 Thompson.