Although it won’t take effect until July 13, 2016, the much-anticipated ATF 41F ruling regarding gun suppressor applications is already having an impact on the silencer industry. Effectively, it brings the process of applying for a silencer closer to that of firearms. The ruling will bring many new changes to the application process, including:
- Applications for firearm suppressors will no longer need chief law enforcement officer (CLEO). Instead of a signature, there will be a notification requirement
- Trust or corporation applications will be required to use a new form 5320.23 for all responsible persons. The form includes a requirement for a recent passport photo
- Fingerprints will also be required for suppressor and other NFA purchases using trusts or corporations
- All pending applications from before July 13, 2016 will be grandfathered under the existing rules
- There is specifically no requirement to notify the NFA Branch if you add or remove responsible persons after getting an approval
Silencer Shop is a leader in the firearm suppression industry that works with government agencies and industry organizations to help develop processes and best-practice within the category. Look to us for more information and updates as ATF 41F is implemented.