Frequently Asked Questions

There is no shortage of questions when it comes to civilian silencer ownership. Luckily, it really is quite simple, so here is a little bit of Q&A.

  • Are silencers legal?

    Federally speaking, yes. However some states have laws prohibiting them. The good news is that those states are the extreme minority. Silencers ARE LEGAL in these states currently: Alabama, Arkansas, Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Maine, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, North Dakota, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin, West Virginia & Wyoming.

  • Is it difficult to legally obtain a silencer?

    Not at all. It’s quite simple to legally obtain a silencer. Any qualified and licensed dealer can handle all of the paperwork for you.

  • Don't I need a Class III license to own a silencer?

    No. There is actually no such thing as a Class III License. Class III is a tax status for already federally licensed firearms dealers who deal in NFA (National Firearms Act) regulated firearms.

  • The CLEO in my jurisdiction won't sign for me. What can I do?

    In July of 2016, new regulation pertaining to silencer ownership, known as ATF 41F was passed which eliminated Chief Law Enforcement Officer sign off requirements all together. Having your Chief Law Enforcement Officer sign is no longer required in any form of submission.

  • How long does the process take?

    As of January 2024, from the very second you are reading this to a silencer on the end of your gun should take less than a month. We process thousands of silencer transactions per year and currently, we are seeing approval times between SAME DAY to 30 days! This is assuming an individual purchaser processed electronically on ATF’s eForms system. There may be extenuating circumstances in your particular case that could cause an extended waiting period, but the vast majority of silencer buyers will be shooting suppressed in less than a month.

  • Don't I have to give up certain search and seizure rights by owning a silencer?

    NO. We are not sure where this myth originated, but it is one of the most frequently asked questions by first time silencer buyers. This should be given no consideration when thinking about buying a silencer!