MOST PEOPLE ARE TO INTIMIDATED OF THE PAPERWORK/APPROVALS FOR GETTING A SUPPRESSOR (AKA: SILENCER).  THEY DON’T EVEN REALLY CONSIDER BUYING ONE BECAUSE THEY THINK ITS IMPOSSIBLE TO GET APPROVALS.

This page is here to put those CONCERNS to REST and show you its just some paperwork….and then a bit of a wait….ok, so its a long wait.

Buying a suppressor is a simple process which requires less paperwork than buying a new car!

How should you register your new silencer?

Once you’ve determined that you can legally own a suppressor, you should carefully consider what the best method will be for you to register a suppressor. There are three possible ways to register a suppressor, and each method has its own pros and cons:

1. Register the suppressor in your own name

  • Advantages

    1. You can avoid initial work required to setup a trust or corporation
  • Disadvantages

    1. Only you can be in possession of the suppressor
    2. Requires signature from chief law-enforcement officer where you live
    3. Requires fingerprint cards
  • Best for

    1. People who don’t plan to buy a lot of NFA items
    2. People who just want to get the buying process started
    3. People who always plan to be present when the suppressor is in use

2. Register the suppressor to a trust

  • Advantages
    1. Anyone listed as a grantor in the trust can be in possession of the suppressor
    2. A revocable trust can be changed at any time without notifying the ATF
    3. No signature is required from chief law-enforcement officer
    4. No fingerprint cards are required
    5. You only need to create the trust once. The same trust can be used for all future suppressors or other NFA items (such as short barreled rifles)
  • Disadvantages
    1. Some initial work and cost is required to setup the trust. Many people create their trust with software like Quicken WillMaker – or you can also talk to a gun trust lawyer who will set it up for you.
    2. In some states, a trust needs to be registered with the state – although that is not a requirement in most cases.
  • Best for
    1. People with family members who want to share possession of the suppressor
    2. People who want to go together with friends on the purchase of a suppressor
    3. People who want more flexibility in the long run
    4. Anyone planning on making multiple NFA purchases who want to avoid the overhead of getting the CLEO signature and fingerprints each time

3. Register the suppressor to a corporation

  • Advantages
    1. Any officer of the corporation can be in possession of the suppressor
    2. If you already have a corporation, this can be easier than a trust since you will avoid the initial trust setup
    3. No signature is required from chief law-enforcement officer
    4. No fingerprint cards are required
  • Disadvantages
    1. You need to keep your corporation in good standing, which can be more work than a trust (which is basically a “create it and forget about it” process in most cases)
  • Best for
    1. Anyone who already owns a corporation, and wants that corporation to act as the owner of the suppressor
    2. Anyone planning on making multiple NFA purchases who want to avoid the overhead of getting the CLEO signature and fingerprints each time

Now, you’re ready to buy your new toy!

Once you know you can legally own a suppressor, and you know how you’re going to register it, it’s time to go shopping!

The process of actually buying the suppressor online is similar to buying something from Ebay.com, or any other online retailer, with only two major differences:

  1. For non-Texas buyers, you will need to locate an FFL holder in your state with a Class 2 or 3 SOT that can handle the transfer for you. We can even help you locate an FFL/SOT holder in your area if you don’t already know one.
  2. You won’t be able to take possession of the suppressor until the transfer process has been completed by the ATF. This typically takes between 2-4 months – but most suppressor owners will agree that it’s well worth the wait!