What to do with suppressors if you move to a state that doesn't allow them?


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1858
December 16, 2012, 01:26 AM
I currently live in a state that allows suppressors but if I were to move to a state that doesn't allow them, what options would I have? Could I rent a safety deposit box at my local bank and leave them there for instance?

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mgkdrgn
December 16, 2012, 09:41 AM
I currently live in a state that allows suppressors but if I were to move to a state that doesn't allow them, what options would I have? Could I rent a safety deposit box at my local bank and leave them there for instance?
No, because they are still in your possession, inside the "forbidden zone" of the state.

Legally you will need to dispose of them before you move, or store them out of state.

jmorris
December 16, 2012, 09:55 AM
Sell or destroy.

Taurus 617 CCW
December 16, 2012, 10:27 AM
You would have to transfer them back to a dealer, do a legal transfer to another individual (including all the tax stamp forms and waiting period), or destroy them (God forbid). The problem with this type of classification is that it has to have an action taken. It can't just exist without an outcome (acquisition/disposition paperwork). If you move to a state that doesn't allow its citizens to own suppressors then you are under their laws and must abide by them. The only other way to do it is to set up a trust with someone/people who live in a state where it's legal to own. If you are thinking of going this route, I would recommend getting in touch with your lawyer.

Quiet
December 16, 2012, 10:47 AM
BATFE says it's legal to store a NFA firearm in another state, if the owner moves to a state that does not allow the ownership/possession of the NFA firearm.

The NFA firearm needs to be stored so that only the owner has access to it.
Such as in a safety deposit box at a bank.

1858
December 16, 2012, 12:19 PM
No, because they are still in your possession, inside the "forbidden zone" of the state.

My apologies for the ambiguity. I meant leave them in a safety deposit box in my current state where they are legal.


BATFE says it's legal to store a NFA firearm in another state, if the owner moves to a state that does not allow the ownership/possession of the NFA firearm.

The NFA firearm needs to be stored so that only the owner has access to it.
Such as in a safety deposit box at a bank.

This is what I was looking for. I shall investigate this option further to see if my local bank has any written information on what can/can't be stored in a safety deposit box. I'll research the BATF side of this too.

rodinal220
December 16, 2012, 03:44 PM
Yes.

TX_QtPi
December 16, 2012, 04:20 PM
Give them to me for safe keeping... :D
LoL

Seriously though, if you can keep them in a safe deposit box in your current State or residence then that may be your best option.

Or keep them with an FFL you know and trust till sold.

~Cynthia

MasterSergeantA
December 17, 2012, 12:07 PM
The safe deposit box is your best bet. A friend had an old AOW that he kept in his home state while assigned elsewhere for just that reason.

Twiki357
December 19, 2012, 02:29 AM
Banks don't care and don't want to know what is in your safe deposit box as long as it's not a danger (chemicals, explosives, etc.) to their staff or equipment. Mainly because if it's illegal and they know about it, they have to report it, and that's bad PR. The down side is that, even at the cost of the silencer, the ridiculous SD rental rates would probably be more than the silencer in no time at all.

When the rent becomes delinquent and the locks get drilled, you would be amazed what is found in them; cash, jewels, guns, nude pictures of the wife/girl friend. You name it and it's in there.

Darkbob
December 27, 2012, 02:46 PM
Link to National Firearms Act (26 U.S.C. Chapter 53) (http://www.atf.gov/publications/download/p/atf-p-5300-4.pdf) PDF taken from the ATF's website.

Below is a cut\paste from page 188 of the law PDF.

(M22) If an individual is changing his or her State of residence and the individual’s application to transport the NFA firearm cannot be approved because of a prohibition in the new State, what options does a lawful possessor have?
NFA firearms may be left in a safe deposit box in his or her former State of residence. Also, the firearm could be left or stored in the former State of residence at the house of a friend or relative in a locked room or container to which only the registered owner has a key. The friend or relative should be supplied with a copy of the registration forms and a letter from the owner authorizing storage of the firearm at that location. The firearms may also be transferred under the procedures referred to in Question M15 or abandoned to
ATF.

So if you have a friend/family member that you trust staying in your current state, you could leave it there as long as its locked up so your friend/family can't access it.

JustinJ
December 28, 2012, 06:50 PM
or abandoned to ATF.

Gotta love that one. I wonder what the ATF would do with such items.

tepin
December 28, 2012, 08:03 PM
safety deposit box at a bank is what I would do. If the devices are registered in the name of a Trust and you have a trusted friend or family member in the free state, amend your Trust to make them a trustee / co-trustee and leave the devices with them.

BemidjiDweller
January 7, 2013, 08:42 PM
Safety deposits aren't that expensive. Wells Fargo (regional bank) around here it is $20 a year for a 3x5x11ish box.

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