National Firearms Act (NFA) - Title II (Class III)
Now Available for Purchase and Transfers
The National Firearms Act ("NFA") Title II Class III ("Class 3") items available for purchase or transfers include the following:
1. Select-fire machine guns (also known as “full auto” machine guns) which were manufactured before 19 May 1986 (including certain parts for these firearms);
2. Short-barreled rifles;
3. Short-barreled shotguns;
4. Suppressors (also known as “silencers”) and any part comprising a suppressor; and
5. Certain firearms known as Any Other Weapons ("AOW") are also considered "Destructive Devices." For more information on AOW firearms, please refer to the following link: https://www.atf.gov
TRY BEFORE YOU BUY?
Before you ask, I DO NOT have Class 3 firearms in stock. However, many gun ranges do have some in stock to rent and try out. Call before you show up to see what they have available.
The ranges around the Lantana area include:
1. 407 Gun Club (Arygle, TX) - [indoor] *membership required after 1st visit;
2. Denton County Sports Association (Argyle, TX) - indoor * membership required;
2. Quail Creek Shooting Range (Northlake, TX) - [outdoor]; or
3. Eagle Gun Range (Lewisville, TX) - [indoor].
SO WHAT DOES IT COST?
Unlike buying a firearm, buying a Class 3 weapon costs a tad more, thanks to the government getting a one-time $200 transfer tax for obtaining the privilege of owning such a weapon. This tax is typically collected by the seller of the Class 3 firearm and sent to the ATF with your application. In addition, there is a transfer fee that is charged by Saint Firearms and is not included in the price of the weapon. An AOW only has a $5 transfer tax to the ATF.
In order to purchase a Class 3 weapon, the buyer (individual, trust, or a corporation) must fill out ATF Form 5320.4, more commonly known as "Form 4." An original and one copy of this form is sent to the ATF for review and approval. Another copy is provided to the Chief Law Enforcement Officer ("CLEO") in your city or county. If you live within a Town or City, the CLEO is the Chief of Police. If you live in the county or in an incorporated area, like Lantana, the CLEO is the Sheriff. Do not worry about the CLEO, the CLEO no longer has to approve the application, this is simply a courtesy notification required by the ATF.
THINGS YOU WILL NEED TO BRING WITH YOU
The Form 4 will be filled out with the seller of the Class 3 weapon. However, you do need to bring some things with you:
1. Two fingerprint cards. Most police departments can handle this for a small fee. The Denton County Sheriff's Office can also assist you with this.
2. Two passport sized color photos (2" x 2"). You can do these at places like CVS or Walgreens.
3. Bring a check or money order payable to "BATFE." This is for the transfer tax.
*** Please note that you will need the above items for EACH individual Class 3 weapon you are purchasing, even if you are doing it all in one transaction.
If you are purchasing a Class 3 weapon with a Trust or Corporation, the process is similar but you will need to bring you will also need to bring a copy of the Trust or Corporation documents, and you will also need to fill out the "Responsible Persons" form, categorized as ATF Form 5320.23.
You will need two (2) copies of the Responsible Persons form for EACH person that is a part of the Trust/Corporation. You will also need fingerprint cards and photos for EACH Responsible Person.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE?
The million dollar question. So how long does it take? Once the application is mailed, it can take as little as four (4) months to as long as twelve (12) months. Yes, it can take a year to get approved. Thus, until you are approved by the ATF, I CANNOT and WILL NOT release the Class 3 weapon to you so there is no refund if you get impatient. Thus, all sales are final on Class 3 weapons. I know, this is very frustrating but it is the law. That's why I find it funny that liberals believe it is easy to buy a Class 3 item. So, don't buy a Class 3 weapon if you lack patience.
CAN YOU BUY HERE AND SEND IT ELSEWHERE?
You bet. I will need the following to make that happen:
1. You purchase the item from me. There will be a shipping fee to send it to the dealer of your choice which will be determined at a later time.
2. I need the name, address, and phone number of the dealer where you want to send the Class 3 weapon.
3. This dealer MUST not only have FFL approval, but they must also have an SOT (also known as a Class 3 dealer). If they don't have an SOT, they cannot receive the weapon.
CAN YOU BUY IT ELSEWHERE AND SEND IT SAINT FIREARMS?
You bet. Saint Firearms is FFL / SOT approved.
1. If you purchase a Class 3 weapon elsewhere, they will need my company name and my email address to communicate with me. They will get my address from my ATF documents.
MOST IMPORTANT THING TO REMEMBER
BEFORE YOU BUY A CLASS 3 WEAPON, MAKE SURE IT IS LEGAL IN YOUR STATE LIKE IT IS HERE IN TEXAS. THERE ARE STATES THAT WILL NOT ALLOW SUCH WEAPONS WITHIN THEIR BORDERS. IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS, YOU CAN ALWAYS CALL YOUR LOCAL ATF OFFICE OR THE ATF WEST VIRGINIA OFFICE AT (304) 616-4500. HERE IS A SPREADSHEET WITH BASIC INFO.