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Suppressor Ownership 101

If you’re totally in the dark on purchasing a suppressor and NFA ownership in general, then you are in the right place!

On this page, we answer some of the questions you might have about not only suppressor ownership, but also commons questions about purchasing a suppressor from us online.
You can really save a chunk of money by buying a suppressor online and it’s as easy as purchasing a gun online!

Do I need a Class 3 license to own suppressors?

Absolutely not! Anybody that can own a gun can own a suppressor. In order to own a suppressor, you will need to:

1. Submit a Form 4 application to the ATF.
2. Submit 2 FD-258 fingerprint cards and 2 2X2 photos of yourself.
3. Write a one-time check of $200 to the ATF.
4. Mail all of this to the ATF.

You will then wait for the ATF to approve your form and mail it back to your Class 3 Dealer. Then it’s yours!

How long does it normally take for my paperwork to come back approved?

It all depends, but for the most part it takes around 6-9 months. However, these numbers are not set in stone, and it can take more or even less time.

Individual vs. Trust

Gun trusts are great if you want to allow multiple people on your trust who can carry your suppressor to the range or hunting without you being present. Anybody listed on your trust as Responsible Persons when you purchase a suppressor has to do paperwork, fingerprints, and photos just like you do.
If you want to have a trust made, check out our friends at National Gun Trust

If I file as an Individual, am I the only one that can possess the suppressor?

You can absolutely allow others to possess and shoot your suppressor as long as you are in the general area of the suppressor. If you are away from your home, the suppressor will need to be secured in a safe. Your family will be within the confines of the law as long as it is secure.

Are suppressors legal in every state?

Suppressors are legal in 42 states and growing! However, there are still states in which they are not legal. If you live in one of the states where they are not legal, you need to contact your state representatives ASAP!

Check out ASA for more information.

Is the $200 tax I pay good for more than one suppressor?

Unfortunately, it’s $200 per suppressor. The good news though is it is a “one time” tax. So, you will never be taxed on that suppressor again! Once it’s yours, it’s yours for good.

Where can I get my fingerprints and photos done?

We take care of this for you, we will setup an appointment to have you come in and take your photos, and do your fingerprints.

Do I have to submit fingerprints every time I purchase a suppressor?

Yes, you will need new prints and photos everytime you purchase a new suppressor.

I heard that by buying NFA items, the ATF can come in my house anytime for compliance checks. Is this true?

Absolutely not! Unless you give the ATF a reason to check your house, you will never have any issues with privacy.


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