The National Firearms Act (NFA), enacted on June 26, 1934, is an Act of Congress in the United States that, in general, imposes a statutory excise tax on the manufacture and transfer of certain firearms and mandates the registration of those firearms. In regards to the NFA and registration, a Suppressor is considered to be a firearm.

HOW TO BUY
Determine if the NFA regulated item is legal in your area. You can contact the local office of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives for more information.

If you reside outside of the State of Texas, determine what Class III dealer will receive the item on your behalf. We will contact your chosen dealer and will submit the required paperwork for a dealer to dealer transfer (Form 3). Upon approval, we will forward the item to your dealer who will then initiate the individual transfer process.

If you are a Texas resident and will be picking the item up at our location, we will provide the necessary paperwork to complete the transaction.

REGISTRATION IN YOUR OWN NAME
For individual transfers we will provide two (2) completed copies of the Form 4, one (1) completed copy of Form 5530.20, and two (2) fingerprint cards. You will need to provide two (2) passport style photos.

You will be responsible for securing the Chief Law Enforcement Officer signature on the Form 4s, and completion of the fingerprint cards. Once the paperwork is completed, you will send it to the BATFE office listed on the Form 4 with your check or money order in the amount of $5.00 (for transfer of AOWs) or $200.00 (all other NFA transfers). RifleGear can assist you in completing your paperwork.

REGISTRATION TO A TRUST
For transfers utilizing a Gun Trust, you will need to provide a copy of your Trust paperwork. We will provide two (2) completed copies of the Form 4 and one (1) completed copy of Form 5530.20. You will send the paperwork to the BATFE office listed on the Form 4, along with the copy of your Trust and your check or money order in the amount of $5.00 (for transfer of AOWs) or $200.00 (all other NFA transfers).

REGISTRATION TO A CORPORATION
NFA items may also be transferred as assets of a Corporation. For transfers utilizing a Corporation, you will need to provide a copy of the Articles of Incorporation, along with a Certificate of Good Standing (available from the Texas Comptroller's website). We will provide two (2) completed copies of the Form 4 and one (1) completed copy of Form 5530.20. You will send the paperwork to the BATFE office listed on the Form 4 along with your check or money order in the amount of $5.00 (for transfer of AOWs) or $200.00 (all other NFA transfers).

Of the three types of transfer, the Trust is the most efficient for a number of reasons. If you need assistance in determining what method is right for you, please email or call.

Transfer times vary, but are currently taking 60-90 days. Be advised, transfers utilizing a receiving dealer will typically add an additional 60-90 days to the process.

Frequently asked questions and answers about the NFA process may be found on the BATF National Firearms Act page.


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