By machine gun, I mean what the ATF would call a machine gun, any firearm capable of fully automatic fire.
I know it’s pretty easy in the United States, if you are rich. The permit only costs $200 a gun, but since transferable machine guns haven’t been made or imported for over 20 years, costs are really high, on the order of several thousand dollars for even a crappy MAC-10.
Are there any other countries where you can legally own one? I would add these stipulations:
You have to be a private citizen, and not in the military or police in any regular capacity. I know in Switzerland, a lot of young guys are in the army; I saw four machine guns leaning against a wall at Hooters while the guys enjoyed some hot wings. I wouldn’t count this though, unless you get to keep your machine gun after your service is done.
You don’t have to prove you need a machine gun for any particular purpose.
If you need a permit, it should be affordable for a hobbyist. Let’s say less than $1000. Preferably, you are then able to purchase said gun at a fair market price, not at a price artificially inflated by legislation, as is the case in the United States.
I’m only talking about countries where law is enforced to some degree. I’m sure one could have a machine gun in hand in Somalia in short order, but that’s not really what I’m talking about.