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    Default Background check for NFA firearms

    Hello everyone, I'm new to the forum. My question is that I want to build an SBR with a silencer. Are the background checks for NFA items really hard and rigorous?

    I can purchase a gun at a store and I just received my LTCF approval letter last week but haven't pick up my license yet, busy at work.

    PS, sorry if I post this in the wrong section.

    Thank you

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    Default Re: Background check for NFA firearms

    Pretty sure there's a sticky in the "Firearms/ NFA forum"

    However, you need to fill out a form, or two in your case, and mail it to the ATF, and a copy to your sheriff(I think), along with two $200 checks. Then wait 2-12 months for the forms to go through. There are more details but you can read about that in the forum I listed above.

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    Default Re: Background check for NFA firearms

    Why are you worried about a more rigorous check.

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    Default Re: Background check for NFA firearms

    Quote Originally Posted by NathanB View Post
    Why are you worried about a more rigorous check.
    Just little paranoid, it'll sux that I have to wait 6 months+ and 200.00 tax stamp and have it be denied. I've been reading people's posts that they can purchase a firearms but denied their LTCF. That's why I've been waiting to see if I pass my LTCF. I should think it'll be fine right? 😊

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    Default Re: Background check for NFA firearms

    You should be fine. Denials for NFA items are generally because of clerical errors on the part of the applicant, like wrong manufacturer, SN, caliber, etc. And if that happens, you get a refund.

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    Default Re: Background check for NFA firearms

    Yes you'll be fine. We all were our first go around.

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    Default Re: Background check for NFA firearms

    6 months might be optimistic. I bought a supressor the end of May of last year.... still waiting!

    Consider anything less than 10-12 months a bonus!
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    Default Re: Background check for NFA firearms

    Take it from someone who has paid for a lot of ridiculous $200- tax stamps; me. If you can walk into a store and buy a rifle, shotgun or pistol and not get denied, you are golden.

    The light at the end of the tunnel is that there are even stamp collectors who covet your NFA stamps.....so if you ever get rid of the gun, you can sell the stamp for give or take what you paid in originally....neat huh? :O)

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    Default Re: Background check for NFA firearms

    I've done my fair share of keeping the atf lights on. Ammo is dead on. I often wonder if they even check or just stamp it and file your info.

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    Default Re: Background check for NFA firearms

    Quote Originally Posted by NathanB View Post
    I've done my fair share of keeping the atf lights on. Ammo is dead on. I often wonder if they even check or just stamp it and file your info.
    I'm sure they run NICS, and they certainly check details of your filing. I was disapproved because I made a SN error. Typed an 'O' (letter) instead of a '0' (zero) on a SBR e-file. I got the disapproval email one day before 41F and the end of e-file. I was told if I could re-e-file, it would likely be approved in days. Since the e-file system was so unstable and I couldn't do that, I had to paper file and go to the back of the line.

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