Note: We will not be able to sell Class 3 Weapons until sometime in the future.
How to Own A Class 3 Weapon
Owning a class 3 weapon (machine gun / silencer) is not that difficult. There are several rules and regulations that you must comply with. The paperwork can seem overwhelming but we will be glad to help you with it. I will mention some of the most frequently asked questions.
Unlike silencers, you may only own a machine gun that was manufactured and registered with the BATFE before May 19, 1986. Machine guns manufactured after that date are restricted for Military and Law Enforcement use only. If you are thinking that there are fewer of these weapons available for purchase, you would be correct. The law of supply and demand certainly applies here and this is why these weapons are somewhat “pricey” when compared to current production weapons. The price will only continue to rise.
An individual/Trust purchasing a machine gun or silencer, (NFA or class 3 weapon), is required to pay a one- time, $200 Federal Excise Tax fee. This fee has been the same since 1934 and has never changed.
The first step in purchasing a NFA item is to select the one you want due to the paperwork involved with the transfer. There are forms required to transfer the weapon from seller to buyer, requiring specific information. A form “3”, is required for dealer to dealer transfers. A form “4”, accommodates dealer to individual/Trust transfers, within the state. Unlicensed individuals may not transfer class 3 weapons directly into their state. A current Class 3 license is required to execute the transfer.
The form “4” is simple to complete but must be filled out correctly to avoid delays in processing. It will be filled out in duplicate by your Class 3 dealer, showing the current owner of the item and address, your name and address, description of the item and serial number. You will be given the forms, along with a set of fingerprint cards if applying as an individual. On the back of the form is a place for your photograph and your local law enforcement official’s signature. If you are transferring the NFA weapon to a corporation or trust, the Law Enforcement signature and fingerprints are not required. Click here for information on 199trust.com.
The required law enforcement officer signature may come from the Chief of Police, the Sheriff, or State Chief of Police. The person signing this form “4”, may conduct a background check on you insuring that you are a person in good standing, within your community. If you have a criminal background or questionable past, you should consider not wasting your time or the dealers.
After you have obtained an official signature, return the forms along with your photographs (taped to the back), your fingerprint cards, and your check for $200, (payable to BATFE) to your dealer. All of this information, along with the FET fee, will be forwarded to the BATFE and they will begin the process of transferring the ownership of the weapon to your name or corporation.
If you are really sincere about owning one of these very rare weapons or have more questions, please feel free to contact us. We will show you how to legally obtain one. We are also able to accept transfers for you should you purchase from another dealer. Please contact us for the fees associated with a transfer.
Legal Disclaimer: The above information should not be construed (and is not) legal advice. You should always consult a lawyer about liability, risks or legal advice. Local laws vary and your specific situation may require special attention.
Additional Class 3 Information
The following states DO NOT ALLOW individuals to own machine guns: Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, New York, Rhode Island and Washington. This information is intended for reference purposes only. It is correct to the best information available at the time. Your state may have special requirements for owning these items and it is your responsibility to know your state laws.
The following states DO NOT ALLOW individuals to own silencers: California, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan (Unknown), Missouri, Montana, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont. This information is intended for reference purposes only. It is correct to the best information available at the time. Your state may have special requirements for owning these items and it is your responsibility to know your state laws.