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May 29, 2013

Where can I hunt with Suppressors (Silencers): Updated List:

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

April 12, 2011

Silencer Shoot 2011 - June 4-6 at Tier 1 Group outside Memphis

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After a year off, AAC is holding the Silencer Shoot again in Crawfordsville Arkansas (just outside Memphis).

Gun Trust Lawyer® is helping to sponsor the event and raise money for this years charity. While the silencer shoot is not silent, it is a far cry from the noise at Knob Creek. We will be giving away trusts and look forward to meeting many of our new clients. For more information on the event check out AAC's Silencer Shoot 2011 event page.

Remember that even though you do not need a 5320.20 to travel with your silencer across state lines, we recommend getting approval to avoid the unnecessary detention of yourself or firearms while uninformed officers determine that you are rightfully and legally in possession of a silencer.

October 19, 2009

Tennessee Gun Rally and 50 Cal Silencer

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This weekend I was up in Tennessee for a 2A rally that was sponsored by Barrett firearms. Apparently Mayor Bloomberg has come to Tennessee to declare that acts that are legal in Tennessee and most states are illegal because they end making it easier for New Yorkers to get guns.

There were lots of TV reporters and state officials. I did find it odd, that none of the TV stations covered the 2A aspect and only focused on the New York issue.

While up there I got to see a 50 Cal silencer and took a picture of it next to a 22 silencer for perspective. You would not believe how big the 50 Cal silencer is. I would guess that it was 7-10 lbs.

July 3, 2008

Tennessee Firearms Association Legislation to help Process Class III Firearms Transfers

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Tennessee Firearms Association

writes legislation to help process Class III transfers

One issue that citizens of many states face is the fact that the BATF forms which are necessary to complete a transfer of ownership of a Class III or NFA weapon (or to make certain Class III weapons) ostensibly that a local chief law enforcement officer (CLEO) sign the transfer forms.  In Tennessee, this is normally the sheriff of the individual's county of residence except in Davidson County where it is the Chief of Police. 

Some Tennessee law enforcement officers were unaware of the federal requirement and have taken the position that they were not required by law to sign these federal forms.  In response to that problem, TFA helped write and pass legislation which requires the Tennessee chief law enforcement officers (CLEO) to cooperate in the completion of the BATF forms:

39-17-1361. Execution of documents by sheriff or chief of police. --

The sheriff or chief of police of the city of residence of a person purchasing any firearm, defined by the National Firearms Act, 26 U.S.C. § 5845 et seq., shall execute within fifteen (15) business days of any request all documents required to be submitted by the purchaser if the purchaser is not prohibited from possessing firearms pursuant to § 39-17-1316.

Despite this legislation, many CLEO's in Tennessee still refuse to process the paperwork for form 4 acquisitions.  To resolve this issue, a Tennessee NFA Firearms Trust can be helpful.  If you wish to purchase a class III firearm in TN please Contact a NFA Trust Attorney in Tennessee.

March 29, 2008

Tennessee (TN) What NFA Firearms can I own?

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

Machine Guns
Silencers
Any Other Weapon (AOW)
Destructive Devices (DD)
Short Barreled Shotguns (SBS)
Short Barreled Rifles (SBR)
In Tennessee you cannot own the following NFA restricted items.
None

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