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Roadblocks: Suppressors and Short Barreled Rifles

Posted 06-01-2020 at 10:43 PM by Blondebaerde
Updated 06-05-2020 at 11:38 AM by Blondebaerde


Speaking from WA State: suppressors are legal, as are short barreled rifles (SBRs). Class III (full auto), not at this time.

I'm irritated the Feds and States (some of them) erect BS laws, fees, and waiting periods that are not necessary. My recent acquisition story is below. Better as a blog post, the topic is a rant (though interesting RE state of "government" these days stopping you from exercising rights). Here we go:

Last summer (2019) thought I'd do some horse trading for an integrally suppressed rifle. That means: the rifle is actually a pistol, w/9" barrel, and a 7" suppressor is permanently pinned on, for a legal 16" thus avoiding more "tax stamps" BS. So, they actually had one locally at a dealer who helps customers cope with the laws and etc. for suppressors and SBRs. They were not the problem, the process is the problem, roadblock after roadblock to "allow" me to own something that isn't that terribly exotic or deadly. There is no huge crime wave involving suppressors and SBRs.

- There are a couple ways to fill out the suppressor forms. I chose Form 4, released to a Trust. Other ways may be faster, but this seemed most logical in a perverse way. Roadblock No. 1, that I need a workaround at-all.
- I chose to setup a Trust for the Estate of (You), which cost me $150. I needed it notarized (roadblock). Watch the costs mount as we go.
- With the trust, local dealer has a kiosk where one submits fingerprints (never mind already did all that for concealed carry, in 1998). Pictures are taken right there. I "think" that all went to the silencer dealer, the second party who issues Tax Stamp. Roadblock, that modern technology is making a helluva lot easier. All that via "paper" must have taken God knows how long.
- Mine needed a $200 tax stamp: just one for the suppressor, since the weapon is a legal pistol (see above). So, no extra $200 for a Short Barreled Rifle. Still, arbitrary BS roadblock. Why the hell is it $200 for a "tax stamp?" It's been $200 since about 1934!
- Weapon paid in full, from local dealer. The mountain of paperwork thus far is truly surprising, 4-5x forms plus my Trust so we're up to maybe four signatures plus notarized trust. Then, all goes to the silencer shop to process the Tax Stamp sale with Uncle Sam.

...and we wait. And wait. Big roadblock. All this could be processed in a week, tops.

Almost a year later, it all came in the other week to my local shop. Right about the time they said ; I picture a little old lady clerk in WA DC slowly going through the applications by candlelight. Took about 330 days total. What...in...the...sam....hill...!

- More paperwork, another 2-3 forms locally, same crap all over again. All submitted to State of WA, come back in 10 days (recent ballot initiative) and complete your online training per Initiative 1639 (which I enjoyed, truth to tell, so not onerous but still another roadblock). Pay $20 "fee" for some State thing. Roadblock, roadblock, and oh: more BS roadblocks.

- Day 340, I came back in. I kid you not, two more forms and questionnaires, and signatures. I have my Tax Stamp, to be kept safe (in a, uh, safe) with my Trust. Keep a copy with the rifle at all times, btw, if questioned. Have I mentioned the time this all takes? We're talking probably 3-6 hours of time, total, between forms, training, notary, Trust, and that's that.

The above was painful to write. "Uncle Sam" and State of WA do not, IMO, want you to have SBRs or suppressors, God forbid both. Glad I ordered more, beyond the scope of this commentary, later in 2019.

What a patchwork of craptastic.
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