Originally Posted by Agentwil
Let me tell you how you actually get a suppressor since Iím going thru the process right now. First thing itís a class 2 license not a class 3. You first have to find out if suppressors are legal in your state. Remember state and federal have different stance on this. If it is legal in your state you call up the ATF and request a class 2 packet with an 1140 form to be sent to you. I know you conspiracy nuts are freaking out right now but it really isnít a big deal. Once you get your packet you fill it out, include a photo, and pay a onetime $200 tax fee. Now for the hard part, you have to go to your local Sheriff or Police Chief and explain to him that you will be constructing a suppressor or short barrel rifle (example; Glock with a stock). The local cops usually donít understand federal law and may not understand what is going on but be professional and explain what you are doing and why. Usually the will sign the form. You send it all in and in about 4 to 6 weeks you have your tax stamp. If you contact a suppressor manufacture, many times they will guide you thru the process.
It is not a license. Period. Not class 2, not class 3, not class 87. IT IS NOT A LICENSE, IT IS A TAX.
Dealers that have a license to sell NFA items have a Type 3
Special Occupation Tax Federal Firearms License. That's probably where "class 3" came from - from someone misunderstanding or misremembering "Type 3 SOT". But the guy that buys the machinegun, or the sawed off shotgun, or the silencer does not have a license. There is no license. It is a one-time tax.
If you are in the business of making silencers, you get a Type 2 SOT FFL. Type 3 is for selling. Type 2 is for making.
If you are making one silencer, for your own use, you fill out and send in an NFA Form 1. This is an application to make and register a firearm. You don't need a Type 2 SOT. You are not in the business of making silencers. You fill out and send in a Form 1. http://www.titleii.com/pdf/010205-Form1.pdf
If you are buying the silencer from someone else, you fill out and send in an NFA Form 4. This is an application to transfer a firearm. Again, you don't need a Type 2 SOT. You are not making them to sell. You are buying one from someone. All you need is to fill out a Form 4. http://www.atfmachinegun.com/form4.pdf
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