640px-Suppressors via Cortland at English WikipediaAccording to Silencer Shop online there are many misunderstandings surrounding the legality of owning a firearm silencer. The specialty gun store provides a top 10 list of questions that are most frequently asked regarding silencers/suppressors to help debunk some of the rumors that travel around.

Today we will summarize some of the most common questions for those interested in owning their own firearm silencer.

1.  What is the difference between a suppressor and a silencer?
Nothing. They both mean the same thing in reference to there use with firearms. Silencer is the legal term, suppressor is more technically accurate, but in the end its the same.

2.  Is it legal to own a silencer?
According to SilencerShop.com, it is and always has been in most states. Under Federal Laws, it has never been illegal to own a silencer. If a person has the legal right to own a gun and the state in which you live in allows gun ownership, then most likely it’s legal for you to own a silencer too. In general, these three rules do apply for ownership of a silencer:

– Owner must be at least 21
– Owner must live in a state that allows ownership
– Owner can’t have any felony convictions

3.  Which states allow silencer ownership?
The following states allow private ownership of silencers: AL, AR, AK, AZ, CO, CT, FL, GA, ID, IN, KS, KY, LA, ME, MD, MI, MO, MS, MT, ND, NE, NV, NH, NM, NC, OH, OK, OR, PA, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, WA, WI, WV and WY.

CA and IA may allow silencer ownership for people in possession of a valid FFL (Federal Firearms License).

4.  Do I need a special license to own a silencer?
No. There are some rumors that you need to have a “Class 3” license to own a silencer; this simply isn’t true. A Class 3 license is a dealer license required for gun dealers, not individuals who own firearm silencers.

You do have to pay for a “tax stamp” when you first buy the suppressor – but this is just a onetime deal, afterwards no ongoing fees or special license required. The tax stamp is similar to paying sales tax on a purchase, except that it goes to the federal government instead of the state government.

To read the full list of Top 10 Questions about owning a firearm silencer, head over to SilencerShop.com and learn more. The website provides a wealth of information and even provides a handy, “How to Buy a Silencer” guide for those interested!

It goes without saying that a person should always check their specific state’s laws regrading owning a firearm silencer. We are not lawyers here, just sharing some information, so do your homework in your own state to make sure you use firearms and silencers in a law abiding manner.