While 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 have also increased. Many states that have legalized suppressors still have CLEOs who refuse to sign for individuals to purchase them. An 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)
Additional states where it is now legal to hunt (or will soon be legal) to hunt with a suppressor.
Many states 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 advice 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.