FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHAT IS AN FFL & SOT?
An “FFL” is a Federal Firearms License and an “SOT” is Special Occupational Tax. The SOT allows the FFL holder to deal in or possess Class 3 or NFA (National Firearms Act) items. These items include short barrel rifles/shotguns, silencers and machine guns. All firearms sold to individuals online must be shipped to a local FFL holder who will then transfer the firearm (via ATF form 4473 and associated background check) to the individual. Any NFA item must be shipped to and from a FFL with the SOT who will then begin the ATF form 4 process to transfer it to the individual. This is a longer process than a normal 4473 transfer. Call our office for details on this process.
HOW DO I ARRANGE TO HAVE A LOCAL FFL HANDLE MY TRANSFER?
Simply choose an FFL/SOT that is local to you. It is best to call them letting them know you have purchased a silencer (because we do not sell any SBR/S or machine guns) online with us and you would like to get it transferred to them. Give them our email address or fax number and they will send us a copy of their license. You will also want to ask what the charge will be to complete the transfer. Most FFL/SOT holders charge anywhere from $100 to $200 to receive the item and help with the form 4. More information regarding transfers at the bottom of this page.
CAN YOU SHIP MY SILENCER DIRECTLY TO AT MY HOME OR OFFICE?
No, all NFA items must be shipped to a verified FFL/SOT holder.
HOW DO I KNOW IF I CAN LEGALLY OWN A SILENCER IN MY STATE?
Under federal law, it has never been illegal to own a silencer. If it is legal for you to buy a handgun, and you live in a state that allows ownership, then it is probably legal for you to own a silencer. The basic requirements are as follows:
-You must be at least 21 years of age
-You must live in a state that allows ownership
-You must not have any felony convictions
Before you’re able to take possession of your NFA item from your dealer, you’ll be required to pass a series of background checks. This is a fairly simple process. You’ll complete the form 4 with fingerprint cards and passport photos and mail it to the BATFE (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives). Currently the approval or wait time is between 6 and 10 months. Once the BATFE has received all background checks, they will mail the FFL/SOT the Tax Stamp or approval.
SHIPPING AN NFA ITEM – FFL/SOT TRANSFERS
Elevated Silence will transfer via form 3 ONLY to individuals or agencies in possession of a valid Federal Firearms License AND Special Operations Tax holders.
TO SPEED UP YOUR ORDER:
Pease type the dealers name in the COMMENTS section of your order. If you have not decided on or located an FFL/SOT local to you before you purchase, you can place your order first and then provide us with your FFL/SOT dealer info. However, this must be received before we can ship. We will hold your order for 7 business days to give you time to locate a local dealer. If you encounter any problems or special circumstances, please call our office and we will be happy to help.
REQUIREMENTS OF THE PURCHASER
At your request, Elevated Silence will transfer your purchased silencer to an FFL/SOT in your state.
It is your responsibility to ensure that owning a silencer is legal to own in your state.
It is your responsibility to complete all required paperwork when you pick up your purchase from your local dealer.
It is your responsibility to contact the FFL/SOT dealer.
It is customary for your local dealer to charge a transaction fee for handling NFA items.
This transfer fee is strictly between you and your local dealer. It is your responsibility to check with your local dealer concerning any policy of this kind and concerning your obligations. You do not pay Elevated Silence the transfer fee. By purchasing a suppressor from us you acknowledge that you may have to pay your dealer a fee for the transfer.
You, the buyer, are responsible for forwarding all pertinent contact information to Elevated Silence. Our contact information is as follows:
Elevated Silence, LLC
775 N. Co. Hwy 393
Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459
Our hours of operation are (Central Standard Time):
Monday – Friday: 9:00am – 4:00pm
Saturday & Sunday: Closed
There are NO SHIPPING charges for silencers purchased from us here at Elevated Silence. If you require expedited shipping, shipping fees will be charged. You must contact us for a quote if you require expedited shipping. We do NOT ship to PO Boxes.
NFA items normally ship within 2-4 working days after we receive your payment and a copy of the Federal Firearms License/Special Operations Tax. Non-firearm orders normally ship from 3 to 7 days after we receive your payment.
Returns are ONLY accepted for merchandise found defective immediately upon receipt. Elevated Silence will provide YOUR CHOICE of a replacement item (pending availability) or full refund AND pay the return shipping cost on all firearms and accessories found defective upon receipt. For your added convenience, Elevated Silence will also arrange for the defective items to be picked up and returned to us by the original shipper. PLEASE DO NOT ATTEMPT TO RETURN PACKAGES TO THE ADDRESS ON THE BOX, AS WE WILL BE UNABLE TO VERIFY YOUR RETURN AND ISSUE REPLACEMENT OR REFUND.
ALL RETURNS MUST SHIP TO
775 N. Co. Hwy 393
Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459
OUT OF STATE PURCHASERS:
If you are not a legal resident of Florida, we must have the silencer transferred via form 3 to the FFL/SOT of your choice. Unfortunately, we are unable to complete the required form 4 for customers that do not live in Florida. CREDIT CARD NUMBERS
Your credit card transaction is conducted through a secure server. Your credit card number is stored only long enough for a charge to be made. Once the charge is completed, the number is removed from our server to guarantee your safety and privacy.
We understand the annoyance of receiving junk e-mail. So, we want you to know that your e-mail address will never be given out or sold to any outside party, even ones that you might be interested in. This ensures that when you give your e-mail address to us for ordering or account purposes, you will not receive any other e-mail resulting from that action.
Our regular e-mails are limited to order confirmations, customer questions, and an optional newsletter. If you have an account with us, you may choose to not receive our newsletter.
We never give out your e-mail address, as described above. Any names or addresses provided will only be used for ordering or shipping purposes. elevatedsilence.com complies with all applicable federal, state and local laws governing the sale, transfer and ownership of firearms.
GENERAL INFORMATION FOR NFA FIREARMS & SUPPRESSORS / NATIONAL FIREARMS ACT (NFA)
Title II (Class III) items commonly available for purchase include select fire machine guns (“full auto”) manufactured before 19 May 1986 (including certain parts for these firearms), short-barreled rifles and shotguns, suppressors (“silencers”) and any part comprising a suppressor, and a selection of firearms identified as Any Other Weapons (AOW). So-called “Destructive Devices” are also NFA items, but not commonly available for purchase. For more information on AOW firearms, please refer to the following link:
INDIVIDUALS, CORPORATIONS, AND TRUSTS
Where permitted, purchase and ownership of Title II firearms and suppressors is available to Individuals, Corporations, and Trusts. Which entity you choose in order to complete the paperwork for Title II purchases is up to you, but we recommend getting qualified advice from a knowledgeable source, such as an attorney who is well-versed in NFA law.
We can report that many people are utilizing Trusts, but if you use a trust, be certain your trust does not violate the NFA; the repercussions can be substantial.
How much does it cost?
An individual purchasing an existing NFA item – other than an AOW item – is required to pay a one-time $200 transfer tax to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives in addition to the purchase price of the item and the receiving dealer’s transfer fee. The AOW firearms transfer tax is only five dollars, plus the purchase price of the item and the receiving dealer’s transfer fee. Should the item be transferred to another person in the future, a separate transfer tax must be paid at that time by the new prospective owner.
What kind of forms to file?
Your transferring FFL will usually assist you with the filing of ATF form 5320.4, also known as “Form 4,” filed in duplicate. This form is required in order to transfer the NFA item from the receiving FFL to you. You should also submit one copy of ATF Form 5330.20 (Certification of Compliance), which is used to certify U.S. Citizenship. If you are filing within a trust, a copy of the trust goes along with the forms.
How long is the wait?
Wait time for ATF approval of the forms varies from as little as twelve weeks to several months. Currently, wait time is averaging 6 to 10 months.
Barring certain federal, state, or local prohibitions, an individual who is at least 21 years of age and currently able to purchase and possess any non-NFA firearms will is also eligible to purchase an NFA firearm from an NFA dealer.
You pay us for the firearm or suppressor in full at time of the order (there are no layaway purchase plans for NFA items).
FEDERAL FIREARMS LICENSE (FFL) / SPECIAL OCCUPATIONAL TAX (SOT)
We must ship a Title II firearm or suppressor directly to your receiving FFL, so we require a copy of the receiving dealer’s FFL; and a copy of their SOT. Prior to ordering from us, arrange transfer and shipment with your receiving dealer:
Find a licensed Class III FFL dealer in your area (sometimes called an “NFA” dealer)
Contact the dealer and let them know you would like to receive a Title II firearm or suppressor for transfer from elevatedsilence.com.
Be sure to ask about their transfer fee for your NFA item (typically $50-$200)
If you agree to their fee, arrange the transfer with your NFA dealer (we do not arrange the transfer).
Provide your receiving dealer with our contact information so that the receiving dealer can send us a copy of their FFL & SOT. Mailing Address: 775 N. Co. Hwy 393, Santa ---Rosa Beach, FL 32459 or E-mail: or Fax: 850-213-2385.
Once you have selected an FFL for your transfer, please indicate the dealer’s name on your order so we know where to ship your firearm or suppressor. To help the process go smoother, when choosing a Class III FFL dealer, please type the dealer’s name in the COMMENTS section of your order.
It is recommended to locate a Class III FFL dealer to transfer your item before you place your order.
Once the suppressor is received by your Class III FFL, INSPECT THE SUPPRESSOR THOROUGHLY to make sure that there are no defects with the item. If there are any problems whatsoever, DO NOT FILL OUT FORM 4! Notify us immediately and we will gladly have the suppressor picked up and returned to us. Once you fill out the Form 4, the suppressor is considered used and must be returned directly to us for warranty repair or replacement.
Elevated Silence, LLC will not accept any returned suppressors for any reason, other than a manufacturer’s defect. There is a 20% restocking fee on any returned suppressors that are prohibited in your state, or if you are prohibited to own suppressors. NO EXCEPTIONS!
The information on this page is for reference purposes only and not intended to be used as legal advice. Some states permit all types of NFA items, other states permit only certain types, and a few states do not permit NFA firearms or suppressors. For more detailed information, please contact the local ATF office in your state, or the ATF/NFA branch in Martinsburg, West Virginia at (304) 616-4500, or via e-mail: NFA@atf.gov.
Payment methods accepted by Elevatedsilence.com are;
Personal Checks including online bill payments (orders held for 5 business days for check to clear)
E-Check / ACH (orders held for 5 business days to allow funds to clear our bank)
Visa, Mastercard, American Express, and Discover Credit Cards
We do not receive your personal information unless you complete your order.
Checks and Money Orders should be mailed to:
Elevated Silence, LLC
775 N. Co Hwy 393
Santa Rosa Beach, Fl 32459
Please verify that your name and order number is included on your payment so that we quickly credit your order.
CANCELLATION AND ORDER CHANGE FEES
We invest time and money to prepare every order that is placed on our site, even before the order ships. After you have placed your order online, or over the phone with a sales associate you will be charged 10% Cancellation/Change fee if you decide to cancel the order or substitute products. You will not be charged any additional fee for adding items to an existing order. By placing an order online or making a phone order with a sales associate you agree to pay this 10% Cancellation/Change fee should you cancel or change your order. Our business is not set up to change orders easily. We apologize for having to implement these changes, but it is necessary in order to keep our prices low for our customers.