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Firearm suppressor sales soar, backlog of registrations climb

Firearm suppressor sales soar, backlog of registrations climb

POSTED: Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 4:27pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 6:08pm

Sales for firearm suppressors, also known to some a ‘silencers’, are surging not only locally, but nationally. Bobby Wallert, employee at Hot Rod Firearms in Tyler said, "We're looking at a 20 to 25 percent increase in suppressor sales,” and the main consumers are East Texas hunters.

In 2012 Texas lawmakers voted to legalize the use of silencers for hunting all game. Joe Terry, an avid hunter said, “We have a feral hog problem here and if you're using a suppressor, they kind of don't know where you're at, they can't hear you So you can actually shoot several instead of one and then the whole heard running off." 40 other U.S. states now also have laws allowing suppressors while hunting. According to the National Rifle Association, that’s half a million registrations in the last year; compared to 360,000 in 2012 and 285,000 in 2011.

In 2013 there was a surge of civilian’s buying silencers, up 37 percent from the previous year. And because of that there is a back log from the federal bureau of alcohol tobacco and firearms to process the registration paperwork. Wallert said, "Right now the wait time from ATF is about 11 months."

In order to purchase a suppressor for your rifle or handgun you have to complete the following forms:

The Class III gun dealer then sends the completed documents to the ATF, and with the growing number of applicants, the backlog of registrations continues to climb. “They get it back to us I will call you and then you can come pick your suppressor up,” Wallert said.

The ATF Form 4 is available from the ATF website at this address: OR you can fill out the
information electronically using the website A direct
link to the Form 4 they offer is here:


Registration Form 1620.09 KB
Registration Form 2511.48 KB
Registration Form 3417.22 KB

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In the UK, where they ban all kinds of guns, suppressors are NOT banned or even regulated.


They are used to keep the noise down in the farmlands when they have to kill rodents and birds that damage crops!

We, on the other hand, because of the likes of Al Capone and John Dillinger, registered, if not banned, things like silencers, short barreled guns, and switchblades.

All of that needs to be repealed. Like whistling under water, they were, and are, stupid laws.

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