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Suppressor/SBR nightmare

Discussion in 'NFA Firearms and Accessories' started by Reloaderharry, Jan 8, 2013.

  1. Reloaderharry

    Reloaderharry Member

    Sorry about writing a book.

    I am looking for some help to verify what my FFL is telling me on some problems I am having with them on buying a suppressor/SBR from them. For decency sake I am not going to name the shop/location.

    In September (2012) I went in the shop and asked them if they had ever gotten the correct licenses/permission/whatever from the government to sell suppressors and SBRs (had talked to them before about it and they said no). Long story shorter, they told me they had it all taken care of and they could do it. About 20 minutes later I walked out 2100~ dollars poorer with a 10.5 .300 AAC and a 7.62-snd6 on order.

    The SBR is a completely different nightmare but they finally managed about 2.5 months after the order to get all the paperwork etc straightened out and after the trip to local law enforcement it shipped out (check was cashed couple weeks ago by the feds).

    I am extremely concerned about the suppressor however. It has now been just at 4 months and he still does not have it in hand to even get the paperwork started. He told me about a week after I paid that he found a place that had them in stock and that he would be ordering it (a supplier/other shop). A few weeks later he told me that he was waiting on the ATF paperwork so he could legally have it in his store and that as soon as that was cleared he would have it in hand. Just before Christmas I went in and he told me that the ATF approved him and he was waiting on shipping to receive it.

    I went in today and the owner was not there, however another regular was. He told me (pretty rudely) that I was simply being impatient and that 6 months was a standard time for the shop to receive the suppressor after ordering it. He told me that every time they order a suppressor the shop has to go thru the same procedure as an individual (fingerprinting etc) and it takes the ATF 4-6 months to approve a shop EACH TIME they order a suppressor??

    This seems like a complete runaround to me? I was prepared for the 6-8 month wait for the tax stamp thru the ATF, but surely it shouldn't take a shop anywhere near this long to simply get it in?
    Last edited: Jan 8, 2013
  2. taliv

    taliv Moderator

    not sure what nightmare you're talking about. that sounds pretty common.

    on the SBR:
    you can take possession of everything except the lower receiver. if the first stamp to your dealer comes in and they ship the rifle to him, he has to keep the receiver until your stamp comes in. Him keeping the bolt carrier group and giving you the complete rifle is definitely illegal. if that's what happened, i'd advise you not to post it on the internet, and to fix the situation asap. if i've misread your comments, my bad.

    for both the suppressor and SBR:
    yes the ATF has to approve a shop EACH TIME the mfg transfers an item to the shop

    dealer to dealer, that time for the ATF to do that is USUALLY 30 days, (plus shipping time) BUT CAN VARY depending on what state you're in.

    dealer to individual is running about 6-7 months right now.

    and given how backed up people are because of craziness, election, holidays, etc, it's entirely likely that both the ATF and the manufacturer/dealer are running a few weeks behind.

    stamps are something you have to be patient about normally.

    all that said, it does sound like something might be a little fishy there, but i wouldn't hold rudeness of a 'regular' against the shop when the owner isn't there.
  3. taliv

    taliv Moderator

    in the future, i'd recommend you file your own paperwork to "manufacture" the SBR lower. that way, you skip the dealer-to-dealer time and whatever your dealer is charging you to do the transfer.

    you can buy the upper direct from the mfg and it doesn't have to go through a dealer.
  4. Reloaderharry

    Reloaderharry Member

    The nightmare part has alot to do with the complete fiasco (that I didn't entirely talk about) I went thru with the sbr paperwork. Lets just say it was 4 separate trips to the shop before I actually had everything I needed just to had to the local law enforcement.

    The issue with the suppressor is that its been 4 months and, after locating (or telling me this) a in stock suppressor he still does not have one in hand to start the paperwork. Remember, this wasn't after Sandy hook, it was sept/dec timeframe of last year.
    Last edited: Jan 8, 2013
  5. greghvac

    greghvac Member

    he should have the suppressor in shop, because of paper work for ATF (serial #)
    if i'm reading it right
  6. Sam1911

    Sam1911 Moderator

    You do not want to be in possession of an unregistered NFA firearm. You REALLY don't. The liability is definitely on you (though it wouldn't be a GOOD thing for him either).

    The seriousness of that one thing going wrong would make me want to speak to professional legal counsel, but making sure you are NOT in possession of an unregistered firearm would really be the crux of the matter.

    To say the ATF would be interested to find out this shop is handing out Title II items before they get the forms back would be an understatement.
  7. Reloaderharry

    Reloaderharry Member

    How do you make your own SBR without being in possession of the lower and thus s/n of the lower?

    Its illegal for sure even if its non functional and the two are seperate? This is not good.....

    Edit: how is this different than buying a 10.5 upper and owning a lower, aka as if your going to make a pistol or something?
  8. Sam1911

    Sam1911 Moderator

    If you're "Making and Registering" an SBR on a Form 1, with ARs most guys start with a receiver they already have. They file the Form 1 and then wait. While waiting they send it out to get the serial number they've chosen engraved on the lower. When the paperwork comes back, THEN they get a shorty upper to slap on the lower. OR, they may start with an AR "pistol" (no buttstock) and go through the same process, only adding a buttstock when the paperwork comes back.

    In both those cases, the receiver is NOT an SBR until you register and assemble it as such.

    Have to be VERY careful not to have the parts in your possession to complete the build (more or less) until that paperwork comes back.


    But, the process if VERY importantly different if you're transferring an already registered Title II weapon. You CANNOT possess it until you've received the form. Taking the bolt out of it does exactly ZERO to make it not an NFA item!

    (Now, technically, if the dealer had kept the BARREL, I do believe that would be ok, but its an odd area of the law. SBRs can be "unmade" by removing the short barrel and that's legal so long as the person in possession does not have the barrel in his possession too.)
  9. Telekinesis

    Telekinesis Well-Known Member

    I wouldn't be too worried about the suppressor, I had one can that took more than 3 months from the day the forms were filed to get the suppressor transferred to the dealer. May want to have the FFL call the ATF and check on the form 3 though.

    The FFL giving you the lower is definitely illegal. It is the serialized part and is technically the SBR all by itself (similar to how the receiver of a machine gun is the actual registered part). You should take the lower back to the shop and read them the riot act because BOTH of you are liable. (I would also recommend you take that part out of your OP, and if so I wouldn't mind a Mod deleting this part of my post). And you might want to get a lawyer in your corner...

    When making a SBR, you can have a lower and even a short upper, as long as the gun isn't in the configuration of a short barreled rifle. The problem here is that your lower was already registered as a SBR by the manufacturer and thus has to be treated just like a suppressor or machine gun - the form 4 MUST come in before the weapon is transferred.

    Sam, I'm not sure about that one. I know that a SBR looses its "restricted" status for transport if you change the barrel to a length over 16", but I'm not sure it would work with the initial transfer of a weapon that is already registered.
  10. Sam1911

    Sam1911 Moderator

    Right. I'm not SURE, either. I know the ATF says you can swap on a long barrel and then sell the former-SBR to someone else as a regular Title I rifle. I just don't know if you can do this sort of Schrodinger's cat routine while waiting on the Form.
  11. Reloaderharry

    Reloaderharry Member

    Edit just read your post..... Just freaking great.

    Thanks for the help, I will be headed there first thing to marrow.

    Is there any legal text I can take to show them? I don't think they know *** they are doing
    Last edited: Jan 8, 2013
  12. Telekinesis

    Telekinesis Well-Known Member

    Hmm, didn't know you could sell it as a Title I just by swapping the upper. There may be something to your initial idea... But its definitely a case of "better safe than sorry".
  13. Swing

    Swing Well-Known Member

    Might check this FAQ and this guidebook.
  14. CharlieDeltaJuliet

    CharlieDeltaJuliet Well-Known Member

    Yes, take it back... Seriously, this is very illegal. I would let him know about his mistake too. How you handle it would be your discretion. I myself would not be happy. NFA violations are serious business, and not knowing would not lighten the penalty at all. The reason it is a problem is the stamp has not arrived. That is my understanding of the NFA laws.. Please if I am mistaken, someone correct me.
  15. Reloaderharry

    Reloaderharry Member

    The form we filled out with the sherrif etc was the "create a firearm" one, does this matter? To my knowledge this is the only paperwork the atf has gotten on the gun. I do not think anything else was filled or at least I was not told.

    What a nightmare. Pretty much freaking out at this point.

    Edit: what I am saying is, could he be selling me a upper and lower seperatly and then basically just be helping me to file the paperwork as if I was the one creating the rifle?
  16. Telekinesis

    Telekinesis Well-Known Member

    YES! That changes the discussion completely from the FFL transferring you a NFA weapon without the stamp to the FFL selling you a Title I firearm and just helping you fill out the paperwork so you can manufacture the NFA weapon yourself.

    Just make sure you build the gun as a PISTOL first, meaning don't put a stock on the gun. Better yet, don't have a stock (or rifle buffer tube) for the gun until your Form 1 comes back.
  17. Reloaderharry

    Reloaderharry Member

    Well my heart rate is slowly going back down lol.

    Back to the matter at hand, is waiting 4+ months for the suppressor manufacturer to ship to the gun shop typical?

    Thanks again for the help.

    Edit: the stock etc is already together, but I am storing the upper and lower in seperate cases etc not assembled.
    Last edited: Jan 8, 2013
  18. jmorris

    jmorris Well-Known Member

    Build a pistol, when the paperwork gets back, slap a stock on it.
  19. RAINS

    RAINS Well-Known Member

    For what's it worth good luck and stick to it. NFA stuff is a huge pain. Expect huge and I mean "HUGE" "HUGE"! Delays in everything right now. I.e. your suppressor. In the future work threw a more experienced NFA dealer.
  20. Aaron Baker

    Aaron Baker Well-Known Member

    What a mess.

    As other posters seem to have helped you figure out, it sounds like your dealer was selling you a Title I firearm (regular AR15 lower) and helping you fill out the ATF Form 1 for YOU to make it into a short-barreled rifle. If that's the case, you're okay to have the lower, but it shouldn't have both a buttstock and short barrel attached until you have the stamp in hand. Wait on that is usually running about 6 months.

    As for the suppressor, I seem to remember hearing that the AAC 7.62 SDN-6 suppressor has been really popular and hard to get one's hands on lately. It's possible that the dealer ordered one from AAC or a distributor and simply hasn't gotten one allocated to him yet, and is possibly as frustrated by the wait as you are.

    Dealer to dealer transfers of suppressors are done on an ATF Form 3, not a Form 4. The Form 3 takes much less time to get approved at the ATF--like 30 days instead of 6 months. But the dealer can't start the Form 3 paperwork if he doesn't have a suppressor to transfer, so it could be AAC's fault. (I don't KNOW this, but it's possible if they're backordered.) He has to have the actual serial number of the particular suppressor to get the transfer approved.

    The "regular" at the shop doesn't know what he's talking about, but that's not a surprise if the shop itself seems a little fuzzy on the details of transfers and how long they take.

    Be patient would be my advice, and it helps to know what the process SHOULD be in order to figure out when to stop being patient.


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