We have been answering a lot of questions about NFA ( National Firearm's Act) items, the process and if they are legal.
What is legal in Wisconsin (given the proper paperwork):
It is legal to own and hunt with a suppressor (silencer)
It is legal to own a Short Barrel Rifle - barrel measured less than 16" from last fixed point to face of bolt and an overall length of less that 26"
It is legal to own a Short Barrel Shotgun - barrel measured less than 18" from last fixed point to face of bolt an an overall length of less that 26"
A Transferable machine gun made or registered before May 19, 1986
What is the process:
Find something you like and let me get you a price.
Pay for the item
Submit an ATF Form 4 - with pictures, fingerprint card and $200 for the tax stamp along with a copy of your Trust (if you have one)
Wait 7-8 months
Pickup the item from us and enjoy.
Do you need a trust?
No - but I would recommend one. A trust will allow you to legally share your items with trusted individuals (Family, very close friends, etc) without them getting a Felony weapons charge. Be careful though - whomever is on the trust has full legal ownership - so you need to choose the trustees carefully and wisely. The document can be amended in the future as your trustees change.
Don't have a trust?
We can help - we have a local (Milwaukee) based Attorney that can help you create your trust and get the process started for around $150. Have an existing trust that you need modified - he can help with that too.
Suppressors are sized for specific calibers - for discussion we will focus on three: 22LR, 45ACP and 308
22LR is typically directly threaded onto a the pistol or rifle
45ACP is a piston design and the correct piston (adapter) needs to be bought to fit the handgun that you are shooting. You can directly thread if your barrel does not cant when you shoot (1911s) but it is recommended that you have a piston style for striker fired handguns
308 rifle - these typically have a quick detach adapter that will allow your to move the can from rifle to rifle. These run from $75 to $100 per adapter but allow you to move the suppressor to multiple platforms.
What if I don't live in Wisconsin? I can't sell directly to you. But I can sell to your trust if you have a Trustee (Responsible Party) on your trust that is a Wisconsin resident.
I thought Trump was going to make Silencers legal?
There are bills in both the House and Senate to move suppressors from Type II NFA firearms to Type I firearms and to be treated much like a rifle. Don't hold your breath - the anti gun lobby is strong and the Republicans aren't exactly organized (re: ObamaCare repeal). The bills are stuck in Committee where they died in 2015. But - if they pass - the current bills read that they would refund Tax Stamps paid after Jan 9th, 2017 (one read refunds after Oct 2015) - but they haven't passed and the priorities for the NFA and gun lobby are on National Concealed Carry.
How much does it all cost?
22LR suppressors range from $100 to $500
9mm-45ACP Handgun (some work for 300BLK) - 600-1500
556/308 Rifle - $600-$2000
12g - call me
+ $200 Tax Stamp + Trust + Sales Tax
Don't know where to start? Call me.
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