lets set this straight one more time :
You DO NOT get a class 3 license as an individual to own a supressor or machinegun under the NFA . A class 3 license is an add on to an FFL for $ 500 per year, to SELL NFA items.
As an individual, you are an SOT : Special Occupational Tax Payer
$ 200 stamp on a supressor or machinegun, confidential tax info not available to anyone.
You go to a Class 3 dealer in your state and buy the supressor, the dealer completes the form-4 for transfer and get a signature from your local Sheriff/Police Sheriff certifying there is no local law you would be violating...it is NOT a permission slip.
2 passport photos are attached and 2 FBI finger print cards rolled and submit with the $ 200 transfer tax. The process takes about 90 days to approve the transfer. If you have a Corporation, LLC or trust, you eliminate the LEO signature and cut the transfer time to about 30 days.
An FFL holder can buy a supressor but must pay the $ 200 tax.
Problems with the BATF in this process...NONE !
All NFA transfers are handled via the NFA branch in West Virginia...They are the only experts on NFA Law..individual ATF offices know little about the ins and outs of the NFA.
Visits from BATF if you are an SOT ? None
Rights waived as to search of your residence ? NONE ..an old false rumor !
The ATF knows the truth about the NFA : NO registered supressor or machinegun has ever been used in a crime !
Buy one and further enjoy varmint hunting to the max ! Legal for big game hunting in some states !