How to buy and register a suppressor

How to buy and register a suppressor

1. Register the suppressor to a trust Advantages Anyone listed as a trustee in the trust can be in possession of the suppressor A revocable trust can be changed at any time without notifying the ATF You only need to create the trust once. The same trust can be used for all future suppressors or other NFA items (such as short barreled rifles) Disadvantages Some initial work and cost is required to setup the trust. Many people create their trust using a do-it-yourself solution – or you can also talk to a gun trust lawyer who will set it up for you. In some states, a trust needs to be registered with the state – although that is not a requirement in most cases. A Form 23 will need to be filed for each additional trustee that includes their fingerprints and photos in addition to your own Best for People with family members who want to share possession of the suppressor People who want to go together with friends on the purchase of a suppressor People who want more flexibility in the long run 2. Register the suppressor in your own name Advantages You can avoid initial work required to setup a trust or corporation Disadvantages Only you can be in possession of the suppressor (although, other people can still use it if you’re with them) Best for People who just want to get the buying process started as simply as possible People who do not need additional people to have access to the item 3. Register the suppressor to a corporation Advantages Any officer of the corporation can be in possession of the suppressor If you already have a corporation, this can be easier than a trust since you will avoid the initial trust setup Disadvantages You need to keep your corporation in good standing, which can be more work than a trust (which is basically a “create it and forget about it” process in most cases) A Form 23 will need to be filed for each additional officer that is listed on the corporation that includes their fingerprints and photos in addition to your own Best for Anyone who already owns a corporation, and wants that corporation to act as the owner of the suppressor.

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