Articles Posted in Missouri – Gun Trust Lawyer

Thumbnail image for 50calsilencer.jpgWhile in some states, it is illegal to hunt with a Silencer, in the following states it is legal to hunt with a suppressor (often referred to as a “silencer”).

In states where hunting with suppressors have been legalized, we have seen substantial increases in the sales of suppressors and the wait times for approval from the ATF has also increased. Many states that have legalized suppressors still have CLEOs who refuse to sign for individuals to purchase them. A NFA Gun Trust or a more flexible Gun trust can not only avoid the CLEO signature requirement in most states but can also provide many benefits to firearms owners and their families. To learn about the benefits please fill out the contact us form at the top of this page and request information on what a gun trust is and how they may benefit you.

Remember these laws change frequently, so please verify this with your state prior to hunting with a suppressor.

Alabama (as of 5/3/14)
Alaska Arizona Arkansas Colorado Georgia (as of 7/1/2014)
Idaho Kansas Kentucky Maryland Mississippi Missouri Nebraska Nevada New Mexico North Carolina as of 10/1/2013 North Dakota Oregon Oklahoma as of 11/1/2012 Pennsylvania South Carolina South Dakota Tennessee Texas Utah Virginia Washington West Virginia Wisconsin Wyoming (as of 7/1/2013)

Many state restricted the use of suppressors in regards to anti poaching regulations. Some other states like Montana allow the use of Silencers for Varmint but not hunting. If you know of other states where it is legal to hunt with a silencer please let us know.

Disclaimer: This document represents a collection of published law and research on the topic of hunting with suppressors and regulations about the same. It should not be viewed as legal advise as these laws change frequently and the document you are looking at may not be up to date or an accurate representation of the laws at the time you read it. You should check with your Gun Trust Lawyer prior to hunting in any state with a suppressor as there may be other requirement and permits necessary to hunt with a suppressor in a state.

Updated 5/7/14

NFA Class 3 firearms

There are several type of Class 3 items that are restricted by the National Firearms Act.

Each state can impose additional restrictions on the sale, purchase, and transfer of class 3 firearms in addition to the compliance that is required with the national Firearms Act.

In Missouri you can own the following items that are regulated the the National Firearms Act

Machine Guns
Short Barreled Shotguns (SBS)

Short Barreled Rifles (SBR)

Any Other Weapon (AOW)
Silencers

In Missouri you cannot own the following NFA restricted items.

Destructive Devices (DD)

Follow this link to find out more about Missouri and NFA restrictions on Class 3 Firearms

NOTE: Starting 8/28/2011 you will be able to use a NFA trust to purchase NFA firearms in Missouri without the need of a C & R, FFL, or use of a Corporation or LLC.

In Missouri, you have previously needed to be an FFL to purchase Title II firearms from a Class 3 dealer. This may change soon as a new bill which is proposed to be effective on 8/28/11 would remove the FFL restriction. This means, you could use a Gun Trust to purchase NFA firearms. To read the bill follow this link.

NOTE: because of a recent law change the following information will be obsolete as of September 2011. Starting 8/28/2011 you will be able to use a NFA trust to purchase NFA firearms in Missouri without the need of a C & R, FFL, or use of a Corporation or LLC.

A trust may not obtain a C&R license. In some state like Missouri, to purchase Title II firearms you must have a FFL. Missouri considers a C&R a FFL for this purpose. A trust may not obtain a C&R or other FFL.

If you want to use a NFA Trust in Missouri, it must be done in conjunction with a Corporation or LLC. The Trust can be the member and the Manager of the LLC or Corporation which adds the ability to deal with incapacity, death, and easily changing the authorized users.

NFA Class 3 firearms

There are several type of Class 3 items that are restricted by the National Firearms Act.

Each state can impose additional restrictions on the sale,
purchase, and transfer of class 3 firearms in addition to the compliance that is required with the National Firearms Act.

In Missouri you can own the following items that are regulated by the the National Firearms Act:

Machine Guns **
Silencers*  after 8/28/08 which are a curio, ornament, or as a keepsake if you are a collector.
Short Barreled Shotguns (SBS)
**
Short Barreled Rifles (SBR)
**
Any Other Weapon (AOW)

In Missouri you cannot own the following NFA restricted items.


Silencers *- prior to 8/28/08 which are not classified as curio, ornament, or as keepsake, or non-functioning
devices
Destructive Devices (DD)

**  Must be a curio, ornament, or keepsake, and such person is an importer, manufacturer, dealer, or collector licensed by the Secretary of the Treasury pursuant to the Gun Control Act of 1968, U.S.C., Title 18
* NOTE  HB 2034 SECTION 571.020

As a practice matter the item does not have to be a C&R if you are a collector which is usually evidenced by having a C&R license.  That is if you have a C&R license you can have a non C&R Silencer, machine gun, SBR, or SBS as a keepsake.


This act allows licensed importers, manufacturers, dealers, or collectors to possess, manufacture, transport, repair, or sell a firearm silencer as a curio, ornament, or keepsake.


Currently, it is not a crime for a person to possess, manufacture,
transport, repair, or sell a firearm silencer if such action was incident to dealing with the silencer as a curio, ornament, or keepsake, or it is used in a lawful dramatic performance, but only if the silencer is in a non functioning condition. Under this act, the silencer would not have to be in such non functioning condition.

This section is identical to certain provisions to SCS/SB 1172 (2008).

Follow this link to find out more about Missouri and NFA restrictions on Class 3 Firearms

Missouri House Bill 2034 SECTION 571.020


This act allows licensed importers, manufacturers, dealers, or collectors to possess, manufacture, transport, repair, or sell a firearm silencer as a curio, ornament, or keepsake.


Currently, it is not a crime for a person to possess, manufacture,
transport, repair, or sell a firearm silencer if such action was incident to dealing with the silencer as a curio, ornament, or keepsake, or it is used in a lawful dramatic performance, but only if the silencer is in a non-functioning condition. Under this act, the silencer would not have to be in such non-functioning condition.

This section is identical to certain provisions to SCS/SB 1172 (2008).

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