Currently, suppressors are legal to own in 42 states. Suppressors can be purchased through an authorized dealer but are regulated by the National Firearms Act (NFA) Branch of the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives. There are a few extra steps for purchasing a suppressor compared to a regular firearm.
*PURCHASING A SUPPRESSOR CAN BE A LENGTHY PROCESS. ATF PROCESSING TIMES CAN TAKE ANYWHERE FROM 6 MONTHS TO A YEAR FROM THE TIME THE ATF RECEIVES THE PAPERWORK*
If you are a TX resident and would like to pick the suppressor up from us at our shop in Santa Anna, TX; we can act as your dealer and will send you a packet with the necessary forms. Then once they are completed, you can return them to us for submission to the BATF.
If you are a resident of a state other than the great state of Texas, we are terribly sorry about that.... But not to worry, you can still order a suppressor from us. We will have to find a dealer in your state that handles suppressor transfers. We will send the suppressor to them and they will help you with the Form 4 processing. Usually they will charge a fee of $125-$150 to handle the transfer.
The ATF NFA Branch allows individuals to check the status on their own transfers. Most commonly this is an ATF Form 4 for an item you have purchased from a dealer such as a silencer, short barreled rifle, short barreled shotgun, or machine gun.
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives
National Firearms Act Branch
244 Needy Road
Martinsburg, WV 25405
Voice: (304) 616-4500
Simply call the NFA Branch. Press #1 and then #1 again when asked if you have the serial number available. Ask to "check the status of your Form 4".
This process does change occasionally.
The person whom answers the phone will ask you for the serial number of the firearm your name and how you are connected to the transfer. If your name matches the transferee shown on their system, they will give you the current status. Generally, the response is "the form is pending as of (date). You can ask the estimated time for approval at this time.
The following states allow private ownership of silencers: AL, AR, AK, AZ, CO, CT, FL, GA, IA, ID, IN, KS, KY, LA, ME, MD, MI, MN, 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 may allow silencer ownership for people in possession of a valid FFL.
No! You do have to pay a $200 one-time fee for a "tax stamp" for each suppressor you purchase - but there are no ongoing fees or licenses required.
TX HB957: Currently, federal laws still stand. Suppressor possession must accompany the proper ATF paperwork and tax stamp. Here is a fantastic article from The Truth About Guns. "...anyone who thinks it means that they can legally have a non-NFA can in the Lone Star State needs to slow their roll. It might mean that in the future, but for the present — and for the foreseeable future — you still have to comply with the NFA or risk the severe, life-changing consequences of ignoring it."