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Trident Arms FAQ


NFA Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ):
(These are just a few of the common questions that are asked.  Call us if you have other questions or need clarification on one.)

First, what is the difference between a silencer and a suppressor?
A silencer and a suppressor are the same thing. They are both designed to reduce the noise of the firearm when shooting. We refer to these devices as suppressors since they do not silence the noise but provide a significant reduction in the decibel level when shooting.

FAQ: 
Are suppressors legal to own?
Answer:   Yes, in 38 states and yes in Florida.  Suppressors are legal to own as a private citizen under federal law per the National Firearms Act of 1934 and are legal in most states. They are however regulated and taxed by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Suppressors are legal for private ownership in the following states: AL, AK, AR, AZ, CO, CT, FL, GA, ID, IN, KS, KY, LA, ME, MD, MI,MO, MS, MT, NE, NV, NH, NM, NC, ND, OH, OK, OR, PA, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, WA, WV, WI, and WY. Class 3 dealers and manufactures may own suppressors in: CA, IA, and MA.
The legal requirements to purchase a suppressor are that a private individual must be at least 21 years of age, a citizen of the United States and must meet all the same requirements required to lawfully purchase a handgun.

FAQ:  Do I need a special license to own a suppressor?
Answer:  No, just the approved BATF form and the tax stamp. For out-of-state purchases, we can transfer your suppressor to a local NFA dealer in your area for you to complete the transaction.

FAQ: How do I purchase a suppressor?
Answer:  This depends on your state laws.  For Florida residents, you can establish an NFA Trust and purchase your suppressor.  We will complete the proper BATF paperwork for you.  Once you sign the paperwork, attach a $200 check and mail it to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.  Your suppressor will remain in the possession of the dealer until approved.  Once it is approved, you may take possession of it. For out-of-state purchases, we can transfer your suppressor to a local NFA dealer in your area for you to complete the transaction.

FAQ: 
How long will it take to get my suppressor?
Answer:  Wait times on the BATF form and tax stamp approvals are typically between 4 to 12 weeks depending on BATF current backlog.

FAQ: 
Do I need a special license to own a Short Barrel Rifle (SBR)?
Answer:  No, just the approved BATF form and the tax stamp.

FAQ: 
How do I purchase a Short Barrel Rifle (SBR)?
Answer:  This depends on your state laws.  For Florida residents, you can establish an NFA Trust and purchase your SBR.  We will complete the proper BATF paperwork for you.  Once you sign the paperwork, attach a $200 check and mail it to the Department of Justice.    Your SBR will remain in the possession of the dealer until approved.  Once it is approved, you may take possession of it. For out-of-state purchases, we can transfer your SBR to a local NFA dealer in your area for you to complete the transaction.

FAQ: 
How do I create an NFA trust?
Answer:  First, you need to hire a Lawyer that is familiar with NFA Gun Trusts.  This is relatively inexpensive.  Mine cost less than $200 and was ready in one day.

FAQ: 
I already have an NFA Trust, do I need another one?
Answer:  No, provide a legible copy to the dealer and they will attach a copy to the BATF form. Your NFA Trust can be used for multiple NFA items.

FAQ:  Can I purchase a Machinegun?
Answer:  Yes, You can legally own a machinegun!
Unless you live in one of the few states that prohibit machineguns or are a convicted felon you can legally own a fully automatic machine gun. In most states, if you qualify to own a handgun, you are qualified to own a machinegun. Machineguns are certainly the most fun and most collectible firearms you can own.

There is no blanket law that prevents private ownership of machineguns. In fact, machineguns are a very wise and lucrative investment. The reason for this is that in 1986, Congress passed the Firearms Owner’s Protection Act. (Sounds like a good thing, right?) Wrong.

This law banned the manufacture, import, and sale of new machineguns to civilians. Any guns manufactured and registered with BATFE after May of 1986 cannot be sold or possessed by individual citizens. There is, however, over a quarter million existing “pre-1986” machineguns that are perfectly legal to purchase. These machine guns are commonly called “transferables” and the process to own one is the same as a Short Barreled Rifle (SBR) transfer.

So, how can machineguns be a great investment? It’s as simple as supply and demand. The supply of ‘transferable’ machineguns is fixed by the 1986 ban, and the demand by people who want to own and shoot them is steadily increasing. For instance, a transferable MP5 might sell for $15,000 now; they typically sold for $5000 or less ten years ago. Unlike stock, bonds, and mutual funds it’s highly unlikely that it will ever be worthless. In hard times, they may even be worth more. Machineguns are an investment you can cherish, enjoy shooting, and pass on to future generations.
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