Iowa NFA Class 3 firearms
There are several type of Title II firearms which are sold by FFL dealers with a Class 3 SOT license. These items are restricted by the National Firearms Act as well as Iowa state law.

Each state can impose additional restrictions on the sale, purchase, and transfer of NFA firearms (Title II)  in addition to the compliance that is required with the National Firearms Act.

In Iowa you can use a Gun Trust or NFA Trust to own the following items that are regulated the the National Firearms Act – (See the limitations below for NFA firearms except suppressors)

  • Suppressors / Silencers (legal for civilian and individual ownership including Gun Trusts on 3/31/2016)
  • Machine Guns*
  • Other Weapon (AOW)*
  • Destructive Devices (DD)*
  • Short Barreled Shotguns (SBS)*
  • Short Barreled Rifles (SBR)*

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In Maryland, a U.S. District Judge sentenced Ronnie Candelario to 41 months in prison for pleadings guilty to the possession of an unregistered fuel filter silencer.  Following his release from prison, the Court sentenced Candelario to three years of supervised release.

Many readers might be wondering what exactly a fuel filter silencer is, I have included a video that shows how it works.  By now many have heard or read about the different types of “do it yourself” suppressors.  Gun owners have learned ways to make oil filter and flashlights suppress firearm noise.  The latest trend is to use fuel filters now.  One company has sold these products on Amazon, and the company even sells the filters as AR-15 suppressors.
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We often get questions regarding muzzle brakes and some of the kit suppressors that can be found on eBay and Facebook.  Our advice is to buy a real suppressor and not fool around with these “kits”.

When ATF arrests individuals for selling these items, they often obtain the shipping and sales records for the transactions.  ATF often contacts the individuals who purchased the “illegal items” in an attempt to remove them from the market.  If you have purchased one of these items, it is best to return it and obtain a shipping confirmation for the return that you can show ATF, if they knock on your door.

If you would like to read about one of the recent arrests by ATF follow this link

Indiana NFA Class 3 firearms
There are several types of Title II firearms 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 Indiana you can own the following items that are regulated the the National Firearms Act

We have updated the forms on the website and instructions for completing a

These are the forms to use after July 12th,  Form 1Form 4,   Form 5Form 23


Mailing Address

NFA Branch
P.O. Box 530298
Atlanta, GA 30353-0298

Since the forms change from time to time, we recommend that you download the latest samples of the documents and explanations of what information is required and how to complete a Form 4 or Form 1. These documents are kept up to date and can be found on the NFA Gun Trust Lawyer website at:

Since 41F has been implemented, there are documents that must be sent to the CLEO as well as documents to be sent to the ATF. While there is no CLEO certification anymore, the CLEO does receive a notice that a purchase is being made.

Below are some updated instructions to use with our trusts or those trusts that contain the Gun Trust Lawyer ® trademark

The Following Documents are sent to your CLEO:

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How Does Final Rule 41F Change Current NFA Regulations?

The final rule affects the NFA regulations by:

• defining the term “responsible person,” as used in reference to a trust, partnership, association, company, or corporation;
• requiring responsible persons of such trusts or legal entities to complete ATF form 5320.23, National Firearms Act Responsible Person Questionnaire and to submit photographs and fingerprints when the trust or legal entity files an application to make an NFA firearm or is listed as the transferee on an application to transfer an NFA firearm;
• requiring that a copy of all applications to make or transfer a firearm, and the specified form for responsible persons (5320.23), be forwarded to the chief law enforcement officer (CLEO) of the locality in which the applicant/transferee or responsible person resides; and
• eliminating the requirement for certification signed by the CLEO.
• In addition, the final rule adds a new section to ATF’s regulations to address the possession and transfer of firearms registered to a decedent.

Who is a Responsible Person?

In the case of an unlicensed entity, including any trust, partnership, association, company (including any Limited Liability Company (LLC)), or corporation, any individual who possesses, directly or indirectly, the power or authority to direct the management and polices of the trust or entity to receive, possess, ship, transport, deliver, transfer, or otherwise dispose of a firearm for, or on behalf of, the trust or legal entity.

In the case of a TRUST, those persons with the power or authority to direct the management and policies of the trust include any person who has the capability to exercise such power and possesses, directly or indirectly, the power or authority under any trust instrument, or under State law, to receive, possess, ship, transport, deliver, transfer, or otherwise dispose of a firearm for, or on behalf of, the trust.

Examples of who may be considered a responsible person of a trust or legal entity include:

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Building an SBR in Washington State

The Governor of Washington has signed a bill which clarifies that it is both legal to buy an SBR and build an SBR.  Senate bill 6165 was created to address the uncertainty as to whether it was legal to build an SBR in the state of Washington.  While it was clear that one could be purchase in WA, ATF stopped approving Form 1 Applications for the manufacture of an SBR in the state last year because of some ambiguity in the law.  The new bill signed by the Governor clarifies that it is legal to build and buy an SBR in the state of Washington.  To see what NFA firearms are legal in WA, see our WA NFA state pages

SB6165 is effective 90 days after the adjournment of the legislative session.  The 2016  Special Session adjourned  on March 10, 2016 so this would mean around  June 9th  or just  prior to the new ATF changes in 41F

An Iowa Gun Trust has many benefits including multiple authorized users, contact us to receive information on the many benefits of owning suppressors with an Iowa Gun Trust or Multi Generational Asset Protection Gun Trust.  Gun Trusts are for all firearms, not just NFA firearms like suppressors or silencers.

Iowa Gun Trust Lawyers and the ASA would like to congratulate Iowa on becoming the newest state to legalize suppressor ownership and use. Around 3 PM today, March 31, 2016, Suppressors (Silencers) will be legal in purchase, own, and use in Iowa.

Governor Branstad has announced that he will sign House File 2279, also known as the Hearing Protection Act, into law on Thursday, March 31st at 3PM. The new law will become “effective upon enactment”, meaning that Iowans will be able to possess and use suppressors as soon as he signs the bill into law.

On the 11th of February, Michigan became the 38th state to permit the use a suppressor while hunting. The change became effective on the 11th.  The restrictions related to the amount of noise reduction and use with subsonic ammo were removed at the last minutes by amendment.  You can now hunt in Michigan with a suppressor and subsonic ammo.

Suppressors are now legal in 41 states and legal for hunting in 38 of those states.  Below is a map from the American Suppressor Association.

Suppressor's legal to hunt

The best way to own a suppressor is by using a Gun Trust.  A gun trust permits multiple users of users of a suppressor as well as permits changes to the authorized users in the future.  To find out more about how a gun trust may benefit you or your family, request information on this page.

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