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NFA

Intro to National Firearms Act (NFA) firearms & devices

Advanced Arms offers a range of NFA items and has the expertise to advise you on selecting an item and guiding you from start to finish on the purchase, transfer, and ownership process. Stop in and talk with one of our sales associates, it would be our pleasure to help you make an informed and educated decision!

Advanced Arms is one of the few shops in PA. that owns and utilizes the new Silencer Shop kiosk to register you for NFA items and eliminates the old paper process by using all electronic submittals to speed up the wait time!

What is the NFA?

The National Firearms Act (NFA) of 1934 is the law that regulates the sale and possession of certain types of firearms and devices. This law was enacted in response to what is known as the roaring 1920’s. It did not ban these firearms outright, but instead created registration with a federal agency, and required a tax be paid to the government upon transfer it.

Why purchase NFA?

NFA items are a lot of fun to own and worth the processes involved for those who are interested.

Beyond that, suppressors, also called silencers, will help preserve your hearing. If you are shooting outside, suppressors will help keep you from doing permanent damage to your hearing, as well as not irritate the neighbors with the sound. Suppressors are legal to use when hunting in PA.

Short barrel rifles are lighter and much easier to maneuver with, as are short barrel shotguns.

When a silencer is installed on a short barrel rifle, your overall length will be similar to that of a standard size rifle and it will be much quieter.

.22 caliber rifles and pistols with silencers give you the ability to teach new shooters without damaging their hearing or causing them to develop a flinch.

Types of NFA items

MACHINE GUNS
Meaning any firearm that fires more than one round with a single pull of the trigger. A separate law that was enacted in 1986 bans machine guns from being manufactured for civilian sales, so the legal, transferable machine guns that anyone can own are limited and very expensive.

A $200 tax is required to be paid to the BATFE in order to transfer one to you.

SHORT BARREL SHOTGUNS
or SBS’s, are shotguns with barrels shorter than 18” with the ability to legally have a butt stock on them.

A $200 tax is required to be paid to the BATFE in order to transfer one to you.

DESTRUCTIVE DEVICES
Items such as a modern cannon, hand grenades, or other explosive devices. There are a very few “normal” firearms that are considered Destructive Devices by the BATFE, such as a “Street Sweeper” Shotgun, which are no longer manufactured.

A $200 tax is required to be paid to the BATFE in order to transfer one to you.

SHORT BARREL RIFLES
or SBR’s, are rifles with barrels shorter than 16”.

A $200 tax is required to be paid to the BATFE in order to transfer one to you.

SUPPRESSORS
Also known as silencers, are devices attached to or part of the barrel of a firearm which reduces the amount of noise and visible muzzle flash generated by firing.

A $200 tax is required to be paid to the BATFE in order to transfer one to you.

ANY OTHER WEAPONS
Also known as AOW’s, are firearms that don’t fit neatly into other categories. These include “cane guns”, “pen guns”, and shotguns with very short barrels that have never had a butt stock on them.

AOW’s only require a $5.00 tax, but they can be fairly limited in usefulness…for instance, a shotgun sold as an AOW may never have a butt stock on it.

How to Purchase an NFA Item

A federal form 4 is required to transfer the NFA item to you as an individual. You will need to submit your information, photos and your fingerprints via our fully electronic Silencer Shop kiosk. This is a very quick and simple process. Once the item transfers to you, no one else may have the item in their possession without you being there.

A Limited Liability Company (LLC) can have NFA items as assets, and if you already have a LLC, that might be an option. Any officer of the LLC can have possession of the NFA item. Whoever picks up the NFA gun or suppressor will need to pass the same background check that you would for a rifle or handgun. A responsible party form including photos and fingerprints for each corporation officer and responsible party of the Corp must be submitted to ATF with the transfer forms.

The NFA Trust route is sometimes recommended to customers that want to incorporate estate planning into the acquisition of these NFA items. It allows easy transition and use of these NFA items by family and other members that are trustees in the trust. Having a Pennsylvania attorney set up what’s known as an NFA Trust allows you as the Settlor of the Trust and your Trustees to be in possession of NFA items in different locations, and there is a clear line of inheritance for these items. A trustee will still need to pass the same background check to take NFA items home as you would if you were buying a handgun or rifle. A responsible party form including photos and fingerprints for each trustee of the trust must be submitted to ATF with the transfer forms.

PROCESSING FEDERAL FORM 4

Once you decide how you want to have the NFA item transferred to you, we will help complete the Federal Form “4” for you and help guide you through the rest of the process utilizing our kiosk. Wait times can be lengthy and they do vary depending on the workload of the ATF.

Please check with a store associate for current estimated time frames.

Common Myths

I NEED A ‘CLASS 3 LICENSE’ TO BUY ONE
False, Advanced Arms has a license to sell NFA items, but there is no special license that allows non-dealers to purchase NFA items. A transfer form known as a BATFE Form 4 and a one-time tax of $200 is submitted for each item that is being transferred to you.

WHEN YOU REGISTER AN NFA ITEM, IT GIVES ATF THE RIGHT TO COME INTO YOUR HOUSE AT ANY TIME
I can’t tell you how many times we hear this, and it is false. You do not give up your 4th Amendment rights by exercising your 2nd Amendment rights. ATF will not be knocking on your door to inspect your guns. .Licensees, aka Dealers, are subject to audit and inspections, not you.

IT WILL TAKE YEARS FOR ME TO GET APPROVAL
Not true, although it may feel like that when you are anxiously waiting for the approval to come back. Realistically, it is taking anywhere between 6 to 12 months for ATF NFA Branch to process the forms to transfer your silencer or other NFA item.

I WILL HAVE TO PAY A TAX EVERY YEAR
Not true in the least. Each item has a ONE TIME $200 tax. You actually receive a $200 stamp affixed to your approved paperwork. The stamp is similar to one from the post office, except larger in physical size and denomination. Only dealers have an annual, licensing/special occupancy tax.