- You must be at least 21 years old.
- You must live in a state that allows ownership.
- You must not have any felony convictions.
AL, AR, AK, AZ, CO, CT, FL, GA, ID, IN, KS, KY, LA, ME, MD, MI, MO, MS, MT, ND, NE, NV, NH, NM, NC,
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.
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.
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.
As long as the firearms are threaded in a way that will accept the silencer, you shouldn’t have any problems.
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.
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.
Check out our “How to buy a silencer” page, or contact us if you have specific questions on the silencer purchasing or registration process.