Wrong. It is perfectly legal for private citizens to own select-fire and fully automatic weapons. They just have to go through the hoopla of registration and background checks with BATFE per the National Firearms Act. The problem is that an M16 which costs law enforcement $1000.00 now costs private citizens over $22,000.00 because of the 1986 act that prohibits any new weapons from entering the public-owned NFA firearms registry. Clearly unconstitutional but public ignorance & fear aids the erosion of our rights.