Skip to comments.Map: Where is it Legal to Own Gun Silencer in U.S.?
Posted on 01/07/2011 4:26:40 AM PST by marktwain
Silencers are legal for civilian ownership in the following states Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri (C&R Required), 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.
You can always use sub-sonic rounds at close range.
Note from SC: It’s a great way to shoot the armadillo tearing up your yard ... at 3 am ... in a senior, gated community. Everybody stays asleep, armadillo gone, yard looks good in the morning.
In Europe, they encourage use of suppressors to mitigate noise pollution.
I thought the feds prohibited silencers....?
Am I thinking of something else?
Why do you want a silencer...?
They have these things called ear plugs that work just fine.
You can legally own a suppressor(”silencer”). You have to pay a few hundred dollars for a federal ‘tax stamp’, and submit to a thorough federal background check. I believe a leading member of your local law enforcement has to sign off on it too. (I’m not entirely clear on this part) Assuming if you pass the background check, if your local sheriff or DA won’t sign for you, the state police will.
In case of home invasion,I won’t have time to put in ear plugs.I’ve already mounted the suppressor on the MP5.
I don’t think its illegal to own a plastic 2 liter bottle filled with sponge taped to the end of a revolver. Works for me.
There is an oft-told tale about a clock tower in a small town that began tolling thirteen times at midnight. Officials inspected the strike mechanism to no avail. Then by chance one night, a cop saw a window open in a nearby house, a .22 rifle with a homemade silencer protruded, and as the clock struck twelve o’clock, the rifle spat and added a thirteenth strike.
An arrest quickly followed.
I think the sheriff is the one that has to sign off. I haven’t ever heard of the state police angle. But I haven’t applied for a silencer either.
I can’t see any possible reason to want a silence for home defense. In fact, I can think of several reasons why it would do more harm than good. Not alerting your neighbors tops the list.
I think I’m going to have to put this in the ‘tacticool’ category, along with all the people who think that an AR-15 is an excellent home defense weapon.
Well,for one thing-the invaders won’t know that they are being taken out.I also get to retain my hearing during the fight,important for detecting new threats.An ar-15 might not be the best home defense weapon,but it would beat throwing chairs.
An AR15 sure beats fingernails
I don’t own a silencer, but I can think of several home defense advantages: 1. My hearing is not impaired from my gun shot. 2. Someone invading my home will have a hard time locating my position. 3. Neighbors are not disturbed while I take out the perp. This is important in that it will give me ample time to clean up the battlefield before the police arrive—”if you get my meanin”. This becoming less important as the ruling elite slowly loosens self-defense restrictions. But then, again, I think it’s important to eliminate any ambiguity about the situation. Sadly, there remain far too many over zealous prosecutors—and policemen/women.
Lawful ownership requires a Class 3 permit, as I recall.
WA really shouldn’t be on the list unless their law has been changed recently (unlikely). As of 4 or 5 yrs ago it was legal to own a sound suppressor but not use it. In fact I think LE took the position if it was mounted then it was used. In effect owning was pointless unless you could transport it to another state and use it there.
A suppressed weapon, firing a sub sonic round is VERY HARD to detect. Toss in Night vision and its a game changer even against superior numbers. Suppressors completely hide the muzzle flash, and if the round is subsonic, it sounds like a pellet gun.
But I can settle for tactical cool. :-)
You can always use sub-sonic rounds at close range
if your local sheriff or DA wont sign for you, the state police will.
I hate having to buy ear plugs for everybody sleeping in the houses around me! ;-P
Put a sign out front of your house with your cell phone number on it, and instructions for home invaders to call and give you a heads-up so you can put your night vision on.
I’m sure they’ll oblige.
Well,you’re obviously the resident armchair expert on all things gun.
Absolutely not. I’m certain that the majority of people in this thread know more about guns than I do.
It’s just that a lot of gun enthusiasts let their enthusiasm overwhelm their common sense.
You'll not hear the super sonic crack, but you will hear the boom. I shoot subsonic .45 auto rounds all the time, and still wear hearing protection.
Sounded more like the resident expert on EVERYTHING.
My MP5SD3 has an integral suppressor, but hey it gets hot after a couple mags in full auto.
No. The dealer you buy it from has to have a Class 3 license. The buyer has to submit a Form 4 with two passport photos, two sets of fingerprints, and $200.00 to the ATF and wait two or significantly more months for approval. This is all in addition to the cost of the item, which can be very significant.
The quickest way to find the correct answer to a question on this form is to post the wrong answer.
A few years ago I used my suppressed AR in Whisper.30 with 3rd gen night vision to take out 3 raccoons on my deck at 3am. We had a houseful of guests that night and nobody heard a thing, even the coons.
I have an AWC suppressor that mounts on the 3 lug barrel of my MP5A3.The thing can stand some pretty serious full auto firing.Five mags in 3 minutes is about the limit of the system.Do you reload your sub-sonic ammo?I found that 3.3 to 3.4 grains of Win 231 behind a hard cast 147 grain NEI bullet works best.Cheap to shoot too since I cast my own bullets.
It is. There has been at least one federal felony conviction for stuffing carpet padding into a plastic bottle.
Reference lifted from July 13, 2010 thread at Volokh Conspiracy, mostly on the subject of the ex post facto effect of the Lautenberg amendment.
I’ve got an AWC Archangel that is so quiet that if you had your back to me you probably wouldn’t hear anything but the bolt.
I’ve heard wet suppressors with bolt lock that are even more quiet...
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