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Old 12-21-2011, 04:39 PM   #1
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Hey, all, and Merry Christmas!

I'm not all that knowledgeable about things like this so would appreciate your input.

What are the laws concerning "suppressors" for long guns these days. I see them on long guns from time to time but don't know if they are ok to have in all states. I live in the Peoples Republik of Kalifornia where the sound of a firearm is not generally appreciated so the idea of keeping the report down appeals to me. Does anybody have any specific, or even general information about these?

I also spend time in Southern Oregon where my son lives. Thanks for any comments.

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Old 12-21-2011, 04:53 PM   #2
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California is a whole different beast. Where I live and most states $200 tax approved by the local law enforcement officer and a long wait 3mnths to over a year. Your best bet is find a class 3 dealer locally and talk to them. It is also a good idea to buy it in a trust.

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C3 might stop by, he's kind of our resident subject matter expert on this kind of thing.

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California is a whole different beast. Where I live and most states $200 tax approved by the local law enforcement officer and a long wait 3mnths to over a year. Your best bet is find a class 3 dealer locally and talk to them. It is also a good idea to buy it in a trust.
A $200 federal tax that's approved by local sheriff and ATF.

Trust's are allowed to circumvent the signoff of local law enforcement and allow more than one individual to posses the item.

You may not transport across state lines unless the ATF has approved it beforehand.


Only if Cali allows private ownership of nfa items. If they do...


You find a class 3 dealer. Decide if you want a trust. Buy the item. Dealer fills out the appropriate forms and keeps the item until you receive the stamp.

You will need a 2"x2" "passport " photo to attach to the forms. You can do this yourself, but it need be a recent photo.

If a trust, send paperwork to ATF. If not a trust, take paperwork to police chief or sheriff's department, they will take fingerprints and sign the forms if they approve.

Once approved by LEO, send to ATF and wait. 2 years ago, you would've waited 6-8 months. My last one took 51 days.


A revokable trust is the way to go.
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California you cant own nfa items. Some people DO have them there but they were grandfathered in when the ban came.

Surprisingly several of the top silencer makers are in california and one, if i remember right, will not sell their products to any government agency in ca heh.

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Thanks guys, kinda how I figured. If someone would ever came up with a devise that made a gun louder, Kalifornia would probably give you a tax credit to buy it. It would help them in their efforts to restrict firearms even more. Ugh

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Thanks guys, kinda how I figured. If someone would ever came up with a devise that made a gun louder, Kalifornia would probably give you a tax credit to buy it. It would help them in their efforts to restrict firearms even more. Ugh
There are such devices. They are called compensators but those are no go in ca too heh. Next thing they will do is outlaw the color black. It takes a lib to think that external coloration is bad...
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Yeah, regrets, but CA does not permit possession of suppressors, other than those grandfathered in.

They ARE legal in the following states: Alabama, Arkansas, Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

Missouri requires that you also have a C&R FFL.

In the states listed above, you apply to the BATFE, just as you would for a machinegun, and pay them a one time $200 tax, and do the paperwork. But CA, sorry Charlie, no can do.

I can get you a Realtor in a free state. You just have to get used to the cost of a house having one less zero.

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Yea, I'm 3rd generation here and I'd be outa here in a minute if my two daughters hadn't married and bought houses, one accross the street and one two doors down... now that I'm retired, I'm stuck! I do get to be near 7 of my 10 grandbabies though, and I get out once in a while, mostly up to Oregon where my son lives. I'm not Kalifornian at heart and I do envy you guys. I think I was born in the wrong state, heh.

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