Many are under the impression that suppressor ownership and use by the everyday shooter is illegal in the U.S. Uhm, no, that's not true. Currently 42 States allow their residents to purchase, possess, and use suppressors (including use for hunting in many of these).
This false impression stems from the fact that suppressors are regulated under the National Firearms Act (NFA) of 1934. What this means is that you can’t just walk into your local gun store, buy one, and walk away with it. You have to go through a few extra steps, pay a tax, and then wait for Uncle Sam's ATF NFA Branch to return the approved paperwork. The good news is that Silencer Loft knows the process and will help you through all those steps.
Here are the legal requirements for ownership.
- 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, in-state transfer (depending on state laws).
- Be at least 18 years of age to possess a suppressor as a trustee or beneficiary of a trust
- Be at least 18 years of age to possess a suppressor as a member of a legal entity (corporation, S-corp, LLC, etc..., depending on state laws).
- Be a resident of the United States.
- Be otherwise legally eligible to purchase a firearm.
- Pass a BATFE background check (all responsible parties for trusts).
- Pay a one-time $200 Transfer Tax.
- Reside in one of the 42 States that currently allow its citizens to own suppressors.
Now that we have established you're of age, not a criminal, and have enough spare cash, you'll likely choose one of the two more popular methods for buying suppressors. You can buy them as an individual or they can be bought by a legal entity (most form and use a trust for this method).