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[vc_accordion active_tab=”false” collapsible=”yes”][vc_accordion_tab title=”Is it legal to own a silencer?”][vc_column_text]Under federal law, it has never been illegal to own a silencer. If it is legal for you to buy a handgun, and you live in a state that allows ownership, then it is probably legal for you to own a silencer. The basic requirements are as follows:

  • You must be at least 21 years old.
  • You must live in a state that allows ownership.
  • You must not have any felony convictions.

[/vc_column_text][/vc_accordion_tab][vc_accordion_tab title=”Which states allow silencer ownership?”][vc_column_text]The following states allow private ownership of silencers:

OH, OK, OR, PA, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, WA, WI, WV and WY.

Of the remaining states; CA and IA may allow silencer ownership for people in possession of a valid FFL.[/vc_column_text][/vc_accordion_tab][vc_accordion_tab title=”Do I need a special license to own a silencer?”][vc_column_text]No!

There are some rumors that you need to have a “Class 3” license to own a silencer; but, this simply isn’t true. You do have to pay for a “tax stamp” when you first buy the suppressor – but there are no ongoing fees or licenses required. This tax is similar to paying sales tax on a purchase, except that it goes to the federal instead of the state government.[/vc_column_text][/vc_accordion_tab][vc_accordion_tab title=”Do I give up any rights when I buy a silencer? (Will the ATF start showing up to search my house?)”][vc_column_text]No.

This often comes up because of the mistaken belief that a “Class 3″ license is required to purchase a suppressor. A “Class 3″ license is a dealer license – and the ATF absolutely can show up to search a dealer’s premises; but, silencer buyers don’t give up any rights at all.[/vc_column_text][/vc_accordion_tab][vc_accordion_tab title=”Can I use one silencer for multiple firearms?”][vc_column_text]Yes.

As long as the firearms are threaded in a way that will accept the silencer, you shouldn’t have any problems.[/vc_column_text][/vc_accordion_tab][vc_accordion_tab title=”Can I use one silencer for multiple calibers?”][vc_column_text]You can use a larger caliber suppressor to suppress a smaller caliber firearm as long as you have the appropriate adapters. Using a larger caliber silencer is not as efficient as a silencer made for the specific caliber, but it will still be a significant sound reduction in most cases.[/vc_column_text][/vc_accordion_tab][vc_accordion_tab title=”What is the difference between a suppressor and a silencer?”][vc_column_text]There is no difference; these are just different words for the same thing.

The word “Silencer” is the legal term; but, either “sound suppressor”, or just “suppressor”, is more technically accurate since they don’t actually silence the firearm. You can use either term with us and we’ll promise not to care.[/vc_column_text][/vc_accordion_tab][vc_accordion_tab title=”How quiet is a suppressed firearm?”][vc_column_text]This depends on the firearm and the suppressor. In most cases, the suppressed firearm will be at least as quiet as wearing a good pair of muffs.[/vc_column_text][/vc_accordion_tab][vc_accordion_tab title=”How will a silencer attach to my firearm(s)?”][vc_column_text]Once again, this depends on the firearm and the suppressor.

The most popular methods include the following:

  • Some silencers will thread directly onto a threaded barrel.
  • Some silencers require a quick-detach device (like a flash hider, muzzle brake or piston).
  • Some silencers are built into the firearm itself, providing an integral suppressor.

[/vc_column_text][/vc_accordion_tab][vc_accordion_tab title=”How long does it take to register a suppressor?”][vc_column_text]This can vary widely depending on several factors. You can check out this page to see up-to-date statistics for what we’re getting back at the moment; although, times definitely fluctuate, so it’s likely your wait won’t be exactly the same.

Check out our “How to buy a silencer” page, or contact us if you have specific questions on the silencer purchasing or registration process.[/vc_column_text][/vc_accordion_tab][/vc_accordion]


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