Batf Form

This is the form you file in duplicate with the feds before you actually build a silencer. It will register your silencer with the federal government. Filing this form requires your photograph, fingerprints, a local law-enforcement sign-off, and payment of a $500 manufacturing tax.

It is very important that you do not start any construction on your silencer until this form comes back approved by the appropriate Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (BATF) official. Under current law, the BATF considers silencer parts to be controlled items under the National Firearms Act. The point is, if you start assembling these NFA parts prior to having that approved Form 1 in your possession, the feds could claim prima facie evidence of intent to manufacture an unlicensed silencer.

If that sounds stupid, petty, nasty, silly, and legally serious, that's because it is. The only nonsilly part of it is when they fine you or throw your ass in jail. As I've written and said several hundred times, most federales have no sense of humor and take themselves far too seriously.

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