AWC, a silencer manufacture had a nice map of where currently legal to own.
Silencers are legal for civilian ownership in the following states Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri (C&R Required), Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming.
Civilian ownership is prohibited in the District of Columbia and the following states: California, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has proposed that it be given emergency authority for six months, beginning January 5, to require about 8,500 firearms dealers along the border with Mexico "to alert authorities when they sell within five consecutive business days two or more semiautomatic rifles greater than .22 caliber with detachable magazines." A Washington Post story reporting on the BATFE proposal described that definition as being applicable to "so-called assault weapons," but it would also apply to many rifles that have never been labeled with that term.
The reporting requirement will apparently be imposed under the "authority" the BATFE has used in the past to demand reporting of other types of transactions from certain limited groups of dealers over the past 10 years, but the new proposal is far broader than any previous use of this authority. Of course, there's no law today that prevents dealers from reporting suspicious transactions (or attempted transactions) to the BATFE, and dealers often do so. The BATFE is also free to inspect dealers' sales records--either for annual compliance inspections or during a criminal investigation.
Check out the new 300 AAC Blackout from Advanced Armament Corp.
Introducing the Advanced Armament Corp. 300 AAC BLACKOUT (300BLK). This system was developed to launch 30 caliber projectiles from the AR platform without a reduction in magazine capacity and compatible with the standard bolt.
Full power 123 grain ammunition matches the ballistics of the 7.62x39mm AK, has 37% more energy than 5.56mm M855, and 9% more than 6.8 SPC TAP 110. In fact, from a 9 inch barrel, the 300BLK has more muzzle energy than 5.56mm M855 from a 16 inch barrel. When 300 BLK is used in a 16 inch barrel, it has 23% more energy than 5.56mm M855 from a 16 inch barrel - with much higher-mass projectiles for a more dramatic effect on the target. Or choose subsonic cartridges for optimal use with a sound suppressor - 220 grain Sierra OTM (open-tip match) bullets vastly outperforms a 9mm MP5-SD in penetration and long range accuracy.
Due to the high efficiency of the cartridge, less powder is used than 5.56mm, which results in a rifle that is a comfortable to shoot - even with a short barrel.
Reloading dies available from Forster products, Reamers and headspace guages available from Pacific Tool and Gauge.
- The Traditional Rifle
- The Riding Shotgun
- A Lever Action Rifle
- The Taurus Judge or Public Defender
- A Gun Safe
I would add a Silencer, SBR, or Machine Gun.
I received an email from Daren Lott who let me know about a Petition in Michigan to clarify the laws regarding NFA firearms and have the AG address issues that were not addressed in his previous opinion. Follow this link to find out more about the petition or to see the details read the rest of the article.
We do have lawyers in Michigan we are working with to form Michigan Gun Trusts and have not experienced any problems with them.
We now have a relationship with a Wyoming NFA Gun Trust Lawyer® who can provide NFA Trusts for Wyoming residents. If you live in Cheyenne, Laramie, Sheridan, Casper, Rawlins, Buffalo, Gillette, Evanston, Riverton, Cody, Jackson Hole or anywhere in Wyoming, contact a Gun Trust Lawyer® to find out more about a Wyoming Gun Trust.
We often get questions regarding the use of NFA Trusts in regards to legal challenges to show that they are permitted under the NFA.
While there are no successful challenges that stand for the positive or negative use of a NFA Trust, Trusts are not generally denied because the Federal statutes specifically authorizes the use of a trust for ownership of a item restricted by the NFA. There have been many applications with the ATF by people using other forms of Trusts that have been denied because the application or the trust was improper.
The more troubling issue with a Trust is that there are many invalid trusts that have been approved by the ATF. The reason this is problematic is that many individuals feel there possession and use of these firearms valid because ATF approved the transfer. They do not realize that the ATF's approval is to a valid trust and while they may disapprove an obviously invalid trust, there is no requirement for the ATF to validate (nor do they validate) a trust.
The approval process does little to shield the individuals from the liability that comes with an improper transfer, possession, and use of a NFA firearm and a Valid Form 4 or Form 1 to an invalid trust does not protect your right to ownership, use, or possession of NFA firearms.
The traditional estate planning trust and many so called gun trusts do not deal with the NFA and actually instruct individuals to break the law in regards to transfer, possession, and use of the restricted firearms. This is why it is important to have a professionally drafted trust that is specific to the NFA and actually guides you, your family and beneficiaries thought the correct process of determining what to do in the case of your incapacity or death depending on the individual circumstances that exist at that time.
The New York Times is reporting that Nearly two years into his term, President Obama on Monday finally chose a director for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Mr. Obama will submit the name of Andrew Taver, the special agent in charge of the bureau's Chicago field division, to the Senate for consideration.
Mr. Taver may face a confirmation fight as it will require Senate confirmation.
How many of you have taken your silencer out to show to someone. Did you know that even if it is not attached to a gun, a silencer is defined by federal law as a firearm. Many states also define it as a dangerous weapon like a taser or a knife.
In Florida and many states that have concealed weapons permits, it is illegal to show someone a firearm or weapon under certain circumstances. With this in mind, you should be careful to comply with your states concealed weapons laws when showing people your silencer. Many people do not realize they are legal and because of this it is possible that you could be reported for having one and charged with a crime.
While we know of know one who has actually been charged with this offense and feel that the likelihood is small, it does not make the act legal and you should be cautious.
Generally we are hearing that it is taking 3-5 months from the time you submit your ATF forms for approval. A local gun store Shooters of Jacksonville told me they have two agents assigned because of the number of transfers they do. They stated that this means that ATF Form 4 applications that they sent in are processed faster than at other locations. While I do not know if this is true, I can state, that a recent Form 4 I submitted through Shooters only took 75 days from the date I signed it, until receiving the approved Form 4.
If you want to check on the status of your Form 4 or Form 1, you will need your serial number and to contact ATF.
National Firearms Act Branch,
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives
244 Needy Road, Suite 1250
Martinsburg, WV 25404
Last week, I got an email and spoke to an individual (who was an attorney) who had been incorrectly advised by TSA that it was OK to carry a silencer on a plane. The problem occurred when he tried to follow TSA's advise. A silencer is defined as a firearm and should not be taken in one's carry on luggage. Luckily this individual was not charged with a crime and only ended up being inconvenienced and missing his flight.
After contacting the FBI, BATFE, and Dallas police (none of whom had a definitive answer) the Dallas police and DFW police said the suppressor should be turned over to TSA who eventually returned it to the owner.
Others have reported that TSA does not understand that Silencers are firearms and have not allowed them to put them in locked containers as other firearms.
Lately we have seen such odd denials from the ATF.
- A self created trust was denied because it did not contain an assignment sheet
- A trust was denied because it did contain an assignment sheet.
- A trust was approved and it did not contain an assignment sheet.
It appears that each agent has their own preferences and often it takes a call to the ATF to clarify what they are requesting and why. Many of the agents have no valid justification for the approval or denial.