Ways to Own a 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.

  • I am a U.S. citizen
  • I am not a felon
  • I am at least 18 yrs. of age and purchasing from an individual
  • I am at least 21 yrs. old and purchasing from a dealer
  • I live in a silencer friendly state

ATF Silencer Qualified Status

 


Pick One of the Following Three (3) Methods to Own a Silencer

There are three possible ways to register a suppressor, and each method has its own pros and cons.


1. Register The Suppressor To A Trust

  • Advantages
    1. The ATF e-Form system can be used when using the trust option. This speeds up the process time and is a more efficient way to submit the paperwork.
    2. Persons listed as a trustee in the revocable trust can be in possession of the suppressor at any time.
    3. The ATF does not require any notification or paperwork when edits to the trust are made.
    4. No signature is required from chief law-enforcement officer
    5. Fingerprint cards are not required
    6. You only need to create the trust once. The same trust can be used for all future suppressors or other NFA items (such as SBR's -short barreled rifles)
  • Disadvantages
    1. Some preliminary effort and money will be required to set up the trust. Many people create their trust using a do-it-yourself solution – or you can also talk to a gun trust lawyer who will set it up the trust for you.
    2. In a few states, these trusts need to be registered with the state, but that is not a requirement in most cases.
  • Best for
    1. People with friends or family members who want to share possession/ownership of the silencers/sound suppressors
    2. People who want more flexibility in the long run
    3. Anyone planning on making multiple NFA purchases who want to bypass the overhead of getting the CLEO signature and fingerprints each time


2. Register The Suppressor To A Corporation

  • Advantages
    1. When using a corporation, it’s possible to register using the new ATF e-Form system – which is a faster & more efficient way to submit paperwork
    2. Any officer of the corporation can be in possession of the suppressor
    3. If you already have a corporation, this can be easier than a trust since you will avoid the initial trust setup
    4. No signature is required from chief law-enforcement officer
    5. 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


3. Register the suppressor in your own name

  • Advantages
    1. You can avoid initial work required to setup a trust or corporation
  • Disadvantages
    1. As of now, individuals are unable to submit paperwork using the new ATF e-Form system.
    2. Only you can be in possession of the suppressor (although, other people can still use it if you’re with them)
    3. Requires signature from chief law-enforcement officer where you live
    4. Requires fingerprint card
  • 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


I HAVE CHOSEN THE METHOD I WOULD LIKE TO USE TO PURCHASE MY SOUND SUPPRESSOR. NOW WHAT?

If you have read over all of the pro's and con's for the three different options you have when purchasing a firearm suppressor then its time to move onto talking about the actual process of purchasing one.

HOW TO PURCHASE A SILENCER
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