Legal NFA ownership information page
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So you want to own a legal NFA firearm? Almost every one of the US states allow one or more of the restricted firearms that are on the NFA list. The list of restricted firearms include machine guns (MG's), short barreled rifles (SBR) and shotguns (SBS), destructive devices (DD's) and suspressors (aka silencer's). If you are interested in civilian ownership, check with your local branch of the Bureau of Alchol, Tobacco & Firearms (BATF) for information about what your state allows. Before you do this, you might want to check out some of the firearms links on this site (see below for links), such as, to ask questions and learn about legal ownership from other people with legal firearms.

If the NFA item that I want to purchase is legal in my state, can I own an NFA firearm? You must be 21 years old, be a non-felon (never been convicted of a crime that you could have been sentenced you to a prison term of 1 year or more) have never been dishonorably discharged from the armed services, not be an illegal alien and not have any restraining order against you. If you have purchased any firearm in the last couple of years from a FFL dealer, you notice that the above is the same as when you purchase any hand gun  (rifle & shotgun is the same except you only have to be 18 years old).
If my state allows legal ownership, how do I go about getting a licence? First, no licence is required. You must pay the US Treasury a special $200 per firearm tax. You must have a chief law enforcement officier (CLEO) in your area that will sign off on your form 4 (application to transfer a NFA firearm). Once you find a transferable NFA firearm that you want to purchase, your CLEO will do the first back ground check, take 2 sets of FBI F258 fingerprint cards (with your prints) and sign the rear of the filled out form 4's (2 required per firearm). You then mail the 2 form 4's, 2 fingerprint cards and a check to the BATF. The BATF sends the fingerprint cards to the FBI to do a back ground check on you and compare your prints against their data base. The BATF checks their data base to see if the firearm you are purchasing is legal, transferable and owned by the person or firearms dealer (FFL). The whole process takes from 6-12  weeks. Once you are approved, one of the form 4's will be returned and then you can go and pick up your new or slightly used NFA firearm.

For more legal information, you can learn more about the NFA laws by going to the James Bardwell NFA law link below. Stay legal, stay out of jail.
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Legal NFA ownership information page
Looking for more detailed information? Go to the Legal NFA - what is it and how to obtain it by clicking here.
The rules for filling out a form 1, 3 or 4, to get approval to transfer an NFA firearm.
§179.85 Identification of transferee.
If the transferee is an individual, such person shall securely attach to each copy of the application, Form 4 (Firearms), in the space provided on the form, a photograph of the applicant 2 x 2 inches in size, clearly showing a full front view of the features of the applicant with head bare, with the distance from the top of the head to the point of the chin approximately 1¼ inches, and which shall have been taken within 1 year prior to the date of the application. The transferee shall attach two properly completed FBI Forms FD-258 (Fingerprint Card) to the application. The fingerprints must be clear for accurate classification and should be taken by someone properly equipped to take them. A certificate of the local chief of police, sheriff of the county, head of the State police, State or local district attorney or prosecutor, or such other person whose certificate may in a particular case be acceptable to the Director, shall be completed on each copy of the Form 4 (Firearms). The certificate shall state that the certifying official is satisfied that the fingerprints and photograph accompanying the application are those of the applicant and that the certifying official has no information indicating that the receipt or possession of the firearm would place the transferee in violation of State or local law or that the transferee will use the firearm for other than lawful purposes.
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