Frequently Asked Questions about Silencers / Suppressors
There is no shortage of questions when it comes to civilian silencer ownership. Luckily, it really is quite simple, so here is a little bit of Q&A.
Are Silencers Legal?
Federally speaking, yes. However some states have laws prohibiting them. The good news is that those states are the extreme minority. Silencers ARE LEGAL in these states currently: Alabama, Arkansas, Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Maine, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, North Dakota, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin, West Virginia & Wyoming.
Don't I have to give up certain search and seizure rights by owning a silencer?
NO. There is no further explanation necessary here. This is simply a myth.
Is it difficult to legally obtain a silencer?
Not at all. It’s quite simple to legally obtain a silencer. Any qualified and licensed dealer should handle all of the paperwork for you.
The CLEO in my jurisdiction won't sign for me....What can I do?
Easy, instead of processing the form as an Individual, simply create a Trust or Corporation and purchase as a Trustee or Officer. This negates the requirements for CLEO signature, fingerprints and photographs. Why anyone still buys silencers as an individual anymore is beyond us.
Don't I need a Class III license to own a silencer?
No. There is actually no such thing as a Class III License. Class III is a tax status for federally licensed firearms dealers who deal in NFA regulated firearms.
How long does the process take?
From the very second you are reading this to a silencer on the end of your gun can take as little as 90-120 days.