HOW SHOULD YOU REGISTER YOUR NEW SILENCER?
Once you’ve determined that you can legally own a suppressor, you should carefully consider what the best method is for you to register it. There are three possible ways to register a suppressor: trust, individual, or corporation.
Historically Trusts have been the most common method but we expect that registering as an individual will become much more popular with the regulation changes (July 2016).
- 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)
- 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
- You can avoid initial work required to setup a trust or corporation
- 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
- 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
- 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