Buying a suppressor to be able to enjoy quieter shooting doesn’t have to be complicated.  Your local NFA dealer will gladly walk you through the process.

Here are the legal requirements to purchase a suppressor:

  • Be at least 21 years of age to purchase a suppressor from a dealer.
  • Be at least 18 years of age to purchase a suppressor from an individual on a Form 4 to Form 4 transfer (contingent on state laws).
  • Be at least 18 years of age to possess a suppressor as a beneficiary of a trust or as a member of a corporation (contingent on state laws).
  • Be a resident of the United States.
  • Be legally eligible to purchase a firearm.
  • Pass a BATFE background check.
  • Pay a $200 Transfer Tax.
  • Reside in one of the 41 states that currently allows civilian ownership of suppressors (of which the State of Iowa is now proudly part of!).

 

If you meet the above criteria, you can then purchase a suppressor as an individual or as a Trust.

It’s easiest if you get a NFA Trust set up.  You can do this easily yourself online for less than $130 through SilencerShop or other companies.

Here are the steps to buying a suppressor as a NFA Trust:

  1. Find a silencer you like at your local Class III dealer, or online. Choose your silencer, preferably several! You’ll need $200 for each one.  You will most likely have to pay for it in advance.
  2. If the dealer doesn’t have your suppressor in stock, you will have to wait until they receive the suppressor from another dealer, supplier, or manufacturer (this can take a few months).
  3. When the dealer receives your suppressor, take your trust paperwork to your local Class III dealer.
  4. Take a check for $200 made out to BATFE.
  5. You will need to get (and some dealers may do this) two passport photos.
  6. Next, you’ll need to get two fingerprint cards (FBI FD-258 Fingerprint Cards).  Many local police departments will do this, but call first to be sure.
  7. The dealer will help you complete form 5320.23 from all Responsible Persons, and ATF form 4 in duplicate with the model and serial number of your suppressor.
  8. You will then need to mail a copy of your application forms to the local chief law enforcement official (CLEO).  You do not need CLEO certification when using a Trust.  Ask your local dealer how to best complete this step—they’ll know the local politics.
  9. The dealer submits your paperwork and payment to BATFE.
  10. The dealer will hold your suppressor until BATFE approval is complete (this can take up to 6 months or longer).
  11. BATFE will return to your dealer one of your Form 4 copies complete with a nifty green tax stamp affixed.
  12. You take possession of the silencer and enjoy quieter shooting.

 

Here are the steps to buying as an individual:

  1. Find a silencer you like at your local Class III dealer, or online. You’ll most likely have to pay for it in advance, or at least leave a deposit, even though you won’t be able to take possession of it right away.
  2. If the dealer doesn’t have your suppressor in stock, you will have to wait until they receive the suppressor from another dealer, supplier, or manufacturer (this can take a few months).
  3. When the dealer receives your suppressor, they will help you complete a Form 5330.20 and ATF Form 4 with the model and serial number of your suppressor. You’ll need two copies of this application.
  4. You will need to get (and some dealers may do this) two passport photos.
  5. Next, you’ll need to get two fingerprint cards (FBI FD-258 Fingerprint Cards). Many local police departments will do this, but call first to be sure.
  6. Attach a check made out to BATFE in the amount of $200 for the tax stamp.
  7. Mail all of this to BATFE.
  8. You will then need to get signature certification from your local chief law enforcement official (CLEO).  Ask your local dealer how to best complete this step—they’ll know the local politics.
  9. Your dealer will hold your suppressor until BATFE approval is complete (this can take up to 6 months or longer).
  10. BATFE will return to your dealer one of your Form 4 copies complete with a nifty green tax stamp affixed.
  11. You take possession of the silencer and enjoy quieter shooting.

If you’d like more information, you can also visit the following link from SilencerShop:

How to buy a suppressor