What is a suppressor (silencer)?
A suppressor, sound suppressor, sound moderator or silencer is a device attached or part of the barrel of a firearm which reduces the amount of noise and visible muzzle flash generated by firing.
What is the purpose of a suppressor?
Despite popular misconception, suppressors do not make the sound of the firearm silent. They are mufflers for firearms, by trapping the expanding gases at the muzzle and allowing them to cool slowly.
Why own a suppressor?
Hearing protection - A major benefit of suppressors is protecting your hearing. Noise-induced hearing loss and tinnitus are two of the most common afflictions for recreational shoots and hunters.
Stop noise complaints - "No harm, no foul."
Accuracy - By containing the explosion of the gunpowder at the muzzle, suppressors reduce recoil and help decrease flinch.
How to purchase a suppressor
* Pay a one-time tax of $200 for each suppressor purchased
* Be at least 21 years old to purchase a suppressor from a dealer
* Be a resident of the United States
* Be legally eligible to purchase a firearm
* Pass a BATFE background check
Suppressors are legal but are regulated by federal law and on a state-by-state basis. Individuals, corporations, and trusts can legally purchase and possess suppressors in 42 states.*
* This information was collected in September 2018 from the American Suppressor Association.