Originally Posted by BigSam77
How much jumping through hoops do you really have to do in order to get approved to buy one?
Google "Silencer", there are lots of places that sell them. Then make sure that they are legal where you live. Then find a class 3 dealer in your area. If he doesn't have the one you want, he will have to have one transfered to him on a ATF Form 3. It can not be transfered directly to you from an out of state dealer/manufacturer.
Once he has it you will need to complete two copies of a ATF Form 4. You will have to be finger printed and have passport type pictures taken. You will also have to have the chief law enforcement officer in your location sign off on the form. This could be a Chief of Police, County Sheriff or one of several other people in your area.
When you have completed the form 4 you will take it back to your local dealer and he will sign off on it and it will be set to the ATF along with a $200 check from you. Once the ATF gets it they will run a background check on you and make a determination on whether or not you qualify. This can take from a few weeks to several months but 2 to 4 months is common. I have heard horror stories of it take as long as a year and a half. On the other hand it may only take a month or so. So it is pretty much a crapshoot.
Assuming that you are approved, the ATF will return the form to your dealer along with the tax stamp. Once your dealer gets the approved form returned to him you can take delivery of the silencer. It will be between you and the dealer when you make payment for the silencer. They range in price from about $400 and up depending on the make.
If you don't get approved, the form and your check (I think) will be returned with the reason for denial.
The biggest hassle is the waiting to get the form approved.