How to Buy a Suppressor for Your Gun

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5 Steps to Buy a Suppressor for Your Gun

Are you looking to add a suppressor to your gun? Whether you are contemplating it while looking for an AR 15 for sale or you want to add it to your hunting rifle to help prevent deer from being scared off, getting a suppressor is not typically a fast process. They are restricted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives under the National Firearms Act. Here are the five steps you need to know when you’re planning to buy a suppressor for your gun.

Determine If Suppressors Are Legal In Your State

First, you need to determine if suppressors are legal in your state. They are legal to own in 39 states and are legal to hunt with in 34 states. If they are legal in your state, you should be able to pick up a suppressor for your handgun, rifle, or shotgun. You will need the serial number of the firearm for registration purposes. You may be able to purchase a suppressor online or with help from a kiosk at your local gun shop that can help expedite the process. Otherwise, read on for buying from an NFA Class III dealer.

Register Before Purchasing

You must be approved for purchase and register your suppressor with the ATF before purchasing it. There are three ways you can register your suppressor. You can register it yourself, form a trust and register the suppressor to the trust, or register it as a corporation. Forming a trust is what many legal experts suggest, as it makes it easier to transfer ownership of the suppressor. It will require legal fees and documents, but you will not need a fingerprint, photograph, and authority’s signature, which are part of the registration process. If you put a suppressor on your CZ 75 SP 01 and hand it to a friend at the range, you should always be able to see them if you registered it yourself. Meanwhile, anyone listed as a trustee can use the suppressor.

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Fill Out the ATF’s Forms

Next, you will need to fill out Form 4 and Form 5330.20 for the ATF. Be sure to fill both in duplicate. If you are filing as an individual, you will need your fingerprint and photo. Your Class III dealer can help you get the right forms and cards. If you are using a kiosk to buy your suppressor, you may be able to simply use your phone to upload the photo.

Pay the Tax Stamp

Next, you purchase the suppressor and pay $200 for the transfer fee, commonly called the tax stamp. This goes to the government. Your Class III dealer may also charge a separate transfer fee for managing the paperwork and transferring the suppressor.

Wait for Approval

Finally, you have to wait. Your MP5K may look bare without a suppressor, but you cannot legally take the suppressor out of the shop until you get ATF approval. Gun shops with on-premises ranges may let you use it at the range until you are officially approved. Going through a kiosk may take as little as 90 days for approval. Otherwise, it could be upwards of nine months. Once approved, you will fill out a Form 4473 for the transfer, and you are ready to go.

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