Suppressors (also called silencers or “cans”) are legal for individuals to possess and use for lawful purposes in 39 of the 50 states. In the U.S., the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE or ATF) regulates the manufacture and sale of suppressors under the National Firearms Act (NFA) of 1934.
Purchasing a Silencer Or Other NFA Items can appear daunting. Hopefully, we can help by addressing common questions and explaining the process. If you still have questions, please do not hesitate to contact us so we can update our information.
REASONS TO OWN A SILENCER
- Reduced sound levels – better for your ears and those around you!
- Reduced recoil
- Virtually eliminates muzzle blast
- Makes faster follow-up shots possible
- Potential to increase accuracy
- Silencers make shooting safer and more enjoyable!
Purchasing Silencers/Sound Suppressors FAQ
At this writing, Silencers are legal for ownership by private citizens in 39 states, and by licensed dealers and manufacturers in another four states:
Private Ownership Legal: AL, AK, AR, AZ, CO, CT, FL, GA, ID, IN, KS, KY, LA, ME, MD, MI, MO, MS, MT, NE, NV, NH, NM, NC, ND, OH, OK, OR, PA, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, WA, WV, WI, and WY.
If you are a RESIDENT of one of the states listed above you may purchase a silencer through a licensed dealer in your home state. If you OWN a second home in one of the states listed above, you may be considered a part-time resident of that state while residing in your second home and you may be able to purchase a silencer from a dealer in that state. Contact your local dealer for additional details. We can sell directly to you if you live in Indiana. We can still sell you a silencer if you live in another state, but the sale must go through your local dealer.
If you live in a state that is not listed above, there is no legal way for you to purchase a silencer at all. You can’t go to a legal state to make the purchase. You can’t have a friend, or family member in another state make the purchase for you. YOU must purchase the silencer from a dealer in your state of RESIDENCE.
- Select and complete the purchase of your silencer(s). We will securely hold your purchase for you pending paperwork approval.
- ATF Form 4 (5320.4) must be completed, in duplicate. We will complete the face of the form. You, the applicant completes the certification on the reverse of the form.
- Attach your passport sized color photo (2″ x 2″) to both Form 4’s.
- Have the “Law Enforcement Certification” completed by your local chief law enforcement officer. Fingerprints also must be submitted on FBI Form FD-258, in duplicate. Fingerprints must be taken by a person qualified to do so, and must be clear and classifiable.
- Complete one Form 5330.20 (Citizenship Certification).
- Forward all the completed forms and $200 tax payment to the Bureau of ATF, National Firearms Act Branch, P.O. Box 530298, Atlanta, GA 30353-0298.
- Transfer of the NFA firearm may be made only upon approval of the ATF Form 4 by the NFA Branch. If the application is approved, the original form with the cancelled stamp affixed showing approval will be returned to the applicant. If the tax application is denied, the tax will be refunded.
- Provide us with your approved Form 4 and complete a form 4473 (no NICS check required) when you pick up your silencer or NFA item.
No. A license is only required to be actively involved in the reselling of silencers for profit.
We will provide you with the required forms and assist you in properly filling them out.
The following is a sample for reference only. You must use the provided form included in your application package.
It varies based on ATF NFA branch workload, but it can take as long as 9-12 months.
Yes, if the state you are traveling through is a suppressor legal state. Other ATF regulations require a temporary permit for machine guns or short barrel rifles to travel across state lines.
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