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Time to purchase a silencer for your gun!

From: Michael
Sent on: Wednesday, March 5, 2014 10:19 AM

Hi All,

Many of you have asked and wondered what is involved in purchasing a 'suppressor' or more commonly known as a 'silencer'.

It can certainly be an overwhelming endeavor, especially made more difficult if you don't deal with an expert in the sales and transfer of such devices.

Although there are many places to purchase from, after much research I decided to deal with one of the best places in the country for pricing and more importantly sales support - The Silencer Shop in Austin.  And, they will ship to your home (www.silencershop.com)

Not all suppressors are the same!  The great people at The Silencer Shop took the time to understand what my needs were, what I was trying to accomplish, and how I would use it.

They've put a lot of great information together on what's involved, and I wanted to share it with you in hopes you'll purchase one for yourself.  The ATF and current administration are trying to take away our rights to own these item.  The more people that own them and fight for our rights, the better off we'll be.

Is it legal for you to own a silencer?

Many people are under the mistaken impression that they need a “Class 3” license in order to own a suppressor. This is not true. If you live in Texas where suppressor ownership is legal, and you can legally own a firearm, then you can buy a suppressor.

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
    4. Your forms cannot be filed electronically, which means they will generally take quite a bit longer to be approved
  • 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 trustee 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. Your paperwork can be filed electronically – which is much faster than a paper-based submission
    4. No signature is required from chief law-enforcement officer
    5. No fingerprint cards are 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 short barreled rifles)
  • Disadvantages
    1. Some initial work and cost is required to setup the trust. Many people create their trust using do-it-yourself software – 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
    5. People who want to get their approval faster using the new electronic submissions

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. Your paperwork can be filed electronically – which is much faster than a paper-based submission
    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. People who want to get their approval faster using the new electronic submissions

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

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

  1. You won’t be able to take possession of the suppressor until the transfer process has been completed by the ATF. This process can take several months – but most suppressor owners will agree that it’s well worth the wait!

After you go through the process the first time, you’ll realize that there really isn’t much to it.  The hardest part is that “Kid Before Christmas” feeling while waiting on the ATF!

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