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For those of you who don't know, here is a quick rundown of what you need to get ATF approval for an SBR (short barrel rifle). Other NFA items such as suppressors and automatic weapons require a very similar process: (more after the jump)
1: Know your local laws. If you live in a "red" state, then you're either screwed or are gonna have to relocate.
|Not my lower, but an example of lower receiver engraving|
|Christ Costa has function tested a lot of rifles. Just sayin' ....|
|Form 1: You need 2 complete copies, front/back, both signed by your CLEO|
|You need 2 fingerprint cards, complete, and filled out by your local CLEO office|
|You need one completed ATF certificate of compliance: basically states you promise you are a |
legal US citizen
Caveat: You have two options for the Form 1 application. Apply as an INDIVIDUAL, which requires a Chief Law Enforcement Officer (the Sheriff in your county of residence or the chief of police) to sign off on the paperwork. Usually local gun shops or other shooters know if the local CLEO is ATF friendly or not. Find out ahead of time before you start this process. If you happen to live in an area with a non-friendly CLEO, then your other option is to form a firearms TRUST. Forming a trust does not require CLEO signature, but involves legal paperwork, and depending on how legal-savvy you are, may require hiring a lawyer familiar with such things. Once you form a trust, then you can use the same trust for future NFA items (suppressors, etc.) But don't jump into this lightly if you are unfamiliar with what a trust is. The easiest route out of these two is an ATF-friendly CLEO in your county.
6. Add personal check or money order for $200, the standard fee for many types of ATF tax stamps. Don't use cash. Use one of the above. A personal check is easier to track because you can see on your bank account when it is cashed. That will give you an idea of the progress of your application.
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8. Receive approved tax stamp. Purchase SBR upper receiver. Shoot. Enjoy. Rinse. Repeat.
A big thanks goes out to scottryan for a lot of the information contained herein. More information about this process is available HERE.
Be safe and see you next time.