Removing Suppressors from the NFA

Removing Suppressors from the NFA

NAGR’s Position: Support

Through the NFA and regulatory procedure, suppressors are unconstitutionally regulated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF).

Law-abiding citizens looking to purchase a suppressor must petition the ATF through a tedious and unconstitutional process. The process of purchasing a suppressor is time consuming, expensive, and unnecessary.

Gun owners who wish to own a suppressor must file an ATF Form 4, submit their fingerprints, and pay a $200 tax. Perhaps the worst part about this extensive process is that it can take up to 9-12 months for the purchase to be approved by the ATF.

There is no legal or constitutional reasoning behind this bureaucratic nightmare. It is nothing more than politically-motivated gun control.

Congress should pass federal legislation which removes suppressors/silencers from the NFA, treating them as an accessory with no federal regulation. No $200 fee, no extra forms, no law enforcement sign off, no background checks for accessories, no registration, no pictures, and no complicated laws to obey.

By default, suppressors would be treated no different than any other firearm accessory; a magazine, stock, grip, scope, flashlight, etc.

Check out our NFA FAQ to learn more about firearms and accessories regulated by the NFA.

The National Association for Gun Rights supports, and actively lobbies Congress to repeal the NFA in its entirety.

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