How to Buy a Suppressor
May 8, 2019
Buying a silencer doesn’t have to be complicated, scary or even time-consuming. While the idea of buying a Federally registered gun accessory might be intimidating, it can be quite simple when you work with folks who know what they are doing. Here at Silencer Central, it is in our best interests to make sure you have the smoothest purchasing experience possible, so we’ll bend over backward to get that silencer to you as easily as we can!
Way back in 1934, a moral panic gripped the United States, and somehow it was decided that the previously harmless silencer needed to be heavily regulated. Burdened with a then extremely high tax of $200, plus paperwork, suppressors soon became a rare novelty.
Fortunately, it isn’t 1934 anymore, and $200 isn’t the crippling tax it once was, which makes suppressors more financially feasible than at any point in history since the passage of the National Firearms Act. Of course, we are still stuck with the paperwork, but that’s gotten better too.
Most states allow ownership and use of a silencer. Check the map below to see if your state is one of them. If so, great! Now let’s look at what we need to do to get that silencer into your hands.
Right now 42 states allow silencer ownership, and 40 of them allow silencers for hunting. You probably already know that hunting with a silencer helps protect your hearing and reduces noise pollution, and fortunately, odds are that hunting with a silencer is legal in your state!
Let’s say you are in a state that allows silencer ownership. What’s the next step, and how difficult is it? After all, we all know any interaction with a Federal agency can be time consuming and frustrating.
The good news is we know that too, and have done all the hard work of making sure you can own a silencer. If you can legally own a gun, you can also own a silencer, so let’s get started!
Buying a Suppressor
Because silencers are registered with the Federal government, there is some paperwork that has to be done, and there are in fact three different ways to purchase your silencer.
- Through a trust
- In the name of a corporation
- Or as an individual
Let’s look at all three of these choices.
In all three cases, Silencer Central will need to have your fingerprints, and will submit a form to your local chief of police or county sheriff. From there though, there are very important distinctions that can influence which of these choices you make when buying a silencer.
Buying a Suppressor With Trust
Buying in the name of a trust is very popular, and comes with a number of advantages.
- Each person on the trust may possess the silencer. That means you can let your spouse, family member, or even a trusted friend use the silencer without added paperwork or needing to be in your presence.
- You can change the trust any time you need to – without letting the BATFE know. This lets you add or remove people at your leisure.
- Once you form a trust, you can use it again and again when buying other silencers or NFA items.
- Trusts make legacy planning easy. Just add the person you want to inherit the silencer to your trust.
- 99.5% of all Silencer Central customers use a free gun trust!
Normally setting up a trust for NFA items means finding a lawyer who knows how to write them, or dealing with people who take advantage of the popularity of NFA trusts and charge excessively high prices, while making them seem mysterious.
Silencer Central doesn’t think that way. We give our customers an absolutely free trust to use for their silencer purchase. This proven trust doesn’t cost you a penny and takes all the hassle out of the process. Of course there are still two other options to consider, so let’s take a look.
Buying a Suppressor as a Corporation
Registering your silencer in the name of a corporation is also popular with some people. This is typically done when they already have a corporation, and much like with a trust, all the officers of the corporation can use the silencer.
If you use silenced guns as part of a business, it may also make sense to register your silencer to your corporation.
However, you must maintain your corporation in good standing – once the corporation dissolves or ceases to be in good standing, the entity that the silencer is registered to no longer exists. You will have to transfer the silencer to yourself, or to a trust or another corporation.
As a general rule, registering to a corporation only makes sense if you have specific business needs, or already have a corporation and don’t want to set up a trust. But since Silencer Central gives you a free trust, there is really no reason not to set up a trust for most people.
Buying a Suppressor as an Individual
You also can choose to register the silencer to yourself alone. This spares you the trouble of setting up a trust or corporation, but brings some pretty harsh limits with it.
Unlike a trust, where you can add people who can possess the silencer, individuals must be in the presence of the silencer when it is in use. That means if your spouse wants to use it for hunting or target shooting, you must be with them at all times when they are using it. This can be avoided with a simple trust.
If you are only planning on buying a single NFA item, and don’t intend to leave the silencer to anyone after your death, and don’t need to let others easily use it, then registering as an individual makes sense.
However, few people register their silencer as individuals, and instead choose to utilize the free trust provided by Silencer Central when purchase their silencer.
Buying a Silencer Online
Believe it or not, you can buy a silencer online! Because of how the Federal registration process works, and because of Silencer Central’s special ATF granted variances, if you live in one of the eight states Silencer Central does business in, you can order your silencer from the comfort of your own home. We’ll mail you a FREE gun trust, and all the appropriate registration paperwork, you fill it out and send it back, and once the FBI finishes your background check, and the ATF issues your tax stamp, we can mail your silencer directly to your home.
Silencer Central also makes buying a silencer easy with our eZ-Pay program. We let you start your ATF paperwork and pay your silencer off over three months while the paperwork processes. Just pay 25 percent down, and 25 percent a month for the next three months, and pay your silencer off while you wait for ATF approval. Buying a silencer has never been easier! You can even include the cost of your tax stamp in the eZ-Pay program or setup recurring monthly payments on your credit or debit card to make paying off your silencer easier.
Time to Buy!
It’s really pretty easy. Now that you are ready to buy your silencer, Silencer Central is here with over 12 years experience to make purchasing super simple. Our absolutely free gun trust makes it easy for you to buy and enjoy a silencer or other NFA item.
As you can see, the industry has come a long way since 1934 and right now is the quickest and easiest time to buy a silencer since the passage of the National Firearms Act.
If you have any questions regarding the process or how we can help, contact a member of our full-time, dedicated staff between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday – Friday at 888.781.8778. We look forwarding to assisting you with all your Class 3 firearms needs!