Buying a Silencer: Individual VS Trust


When you buy a silencer, the National Firearms Act of 1934 requires that you register it’s transfer and ownership with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tabacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF). However, you don’t have to be the direct owner of your silencer. You may transfer the silencer to a legal entity called a trust.

Actually creating a trust is outside the purview of this discussion, but you may want to consider the pros and cons of buying a silencer as an individual and with a trust.

Compared to buying as an individual, here are some things to consider when buying with a trust:

Multiple trusties can be placed on a trust, allowing multiple people to, in effect, own the silencer
Additonal people can be placed on a trust later