Arizona and Minnesota Pro-Suppressor Laws Take Effect Today

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Washington, DC -(  Today, two state-level pro-suppressor laws go into effect in Arizona and Minnesota. Signed into law on March 29 by Governor Jan Brewer, House Bill 2728 grants hunters in Arizona the right to use legally owned suppressors while hunting game animals. With the passage of the law, Arizona became the second state in 2012 to legalize suppressor use while hunting. Similar measures were also passed in Texas and Oklahoma.

On April 18, Governor Mark Dayton of Minnesota signed HF 1816 into law, allowing Federal Firearms Licensees with a Special Occupational Tax in Minnesota to possess suppressors to sell to the government, military, and other FFL/SOTs. Championed by Minnesota-based JP Enterprises, with direct support from Rep. Peggy Scott, and Rep. Mike Benson, the new law takes Minnesota one step closer to the ranks of the 39 states that currently allow civilian ownership of suppressors.

Contrary to popular belief, suppressors, also referred to as silencers, do not render gunshots inaudible. However, oftentimes they do reduce the report of a firearm to hearing safe levels, helping to protect the shooter and those nearby from permanent hearing damage.

In order for a civilian to purchase a suppressor, they must live in one of the 39 states that allow civilian ownership. All applicants must submit two Form 4s to the ATF for each suppressor purchased. A Form 4, or Application for Tax Paid Transfer and Registration of Firearm, includes a stringent background check that is conducted by the FBI. In addition, applicants must submit a $200 non-refundable transfer tax, duplicate copies of passport photos and fingerprints, and receive a signoff from a chief law enforcement officer (CLEO) in their jurisdiction. From start to finish, this transfer process takes anywhere from 30 days to one year to complete.

The American Silencer Association would like to congratulate Arizona and Minnesota for enacting their new laws. The ASA will continue to work off of their momentum to push for additional suppressor regulatory reform in those states which do not allow civilian ownership or suppressor use while hunting.

About the American Silencer Association

The American Silencer Association (ASA) is a non-profit trade association, whose mission is to further the pursuit of education, public relations, legislation, and hunting, law enforcement, and military applications for the silencer industry. For more information on how you can help protect your silencer rights, visit

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Can anyone confirm the part of this American Silencer Association article about Minnesota passing silencer laws? HF1816 as passed is not about gun law at all, and there is nothing else concerning MN silencer purchase and ownership by civilians. Thank you.


I got an email from the nra telling me that we can use them for hunting and leagly own them as well but I would ask the dnr or a leo or something to be sure


This information is incorrect. The point behind the AFFA "Arizona Firearms Freedom Act" is AZ made it legal in state under their state laws for suppressors to be sold in state and controlled in that state. The FEDS "BATF" have no control over this. Arizona and several other states are suing the U.S government over this. It's against federal law for any goverment agency to tax firearms and their attatchments made in that state under Arizona law.

Read in on it yourself. Just google search Firearms Freedom Act.


Ol' Badger

I think the law is a good idea, and yes it should be easier to register a suppressor. Hopefully this logic will spread to other states. But, I think it was really stupid of whomever layed out this article to show a picture of an AK varient with a suppressor, instead of an actual hunting rifle (e.g. Win 70, or Rem 700) with a suppressor. Images count.

Big E

'Bwl' is incorrect on all accounts. Depending on how you choose to 'submit paperwork' it can be done in one day. Also the current wait time for NFA approvals is closer to 5mos (still WAY too long)not a year. Finally the $200 tax is refunded if you are denied. It is an excise tax for the stamp, not an application fee.


It takes less than 30 days to sumit the paperwork, but it takes the ATF at least 1 yr to either aprove or disaprove it. And either way they keep the 200.00. They sould be legal for all legal gun owners and legal for hunting too.