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Posted: 10/2/2005 5:26:03 PM EDT
How do you go about getting a class 3? I've heard hearsay, but I want to know the real deal.
Link Posted: 10/3/2005 2:13:08 PM EDT
Well, first we need to sort something out:

Are you talking about a Class 3 dealer's license, or just the ability for a regular individual to own machineguns, etc? People often confuse NFA ownership with having a "class 3 license".

There is no "license" for private ownership. You just submit your application to the government with a one-time $200 fee PER item.

Here's how it works:

As for buying an NFA item (machinegun, silencer, etc.), it really isn't as hard to do as it seems. If you can own a firearm, you can own NFA items. First, you need to make sure that they are legal in your state. If they are, then you need to locate a Class 3 dealer in your state. You can either buy from your dealer's stock, or buy from someone out-of-state and have it transferred to your dealer. You will pay for the NFA item before filling out the paperwork, but the item must stay at the dealer's shop until you are approved.

The dealer will provide you with two Form 4's, two fingerprint cards, and a citizenship form. You then take this paperwork to the chief law enforcement officer (CLEO) in your area. This will usually be the Sheriff or Chief of Police. The CLEO will sign your paperwork and fingerprint you on the cards. If you live in an area where the CLEO refuses to sign Form 4's, you can form a simple corporation (LLC, etc.) and then are exempt from the CLEO signature and fingerprints. You will then need to attach a passport photo to each of the Form 4's, and send all completed paperwork to the BATF along with a one-time fee of $200. (Some dealers send the paperwork in for you.)

Then you wait. It usually takes about 4 months for the BATF to approve your paperwork. When they do, they will send it to the dealer. When your dealer receives the approved paperwork, they will notify you to come pick up your NFA item. Make a photocopy of the Form 4, and keep the original in a safe place. Carry the photocopy with the item in case an LEO should ever question you about it.

Oregon allows every NFA item except incendiary explosive destructive devices, so it looks like you're good to go on all the popular stuff.
Link Posted: 10/3/2005 2:22:46 PM EDT

Originally Posted By M4Madness:
Well, first we need to sort something out:

Are you talking about a Class 3 dealer's license, or just the ability for a regular individual to own machineguns, etc? People often confuse NFA ownership with having a "class 3 license".

There is no "license" for private ownership. You just submit your application to the government with a one-time $200 fee PER item.

Here's how it works:

As for buying an NFA item (machinegun, silencer, etc.), it really isn't as hard to do as it seems. If you can own a firearm, you can own NFA items. First, you need to make sure that they are legal in your state. If they are, then you need to locate a Class 3 dealer in your state. You can either buy from your dealer's stock, or buy from someone out-of-state and have it transferred to your dealer. You will pay for the NFA item before filling out the paperwork, but the item must stay at the dealer's shop until you are approved.

The dealer will provide you with two Form 4's, two fingerprint cards, and a citizenship form. You then take this paperwork to the chief law enforcement officer (CLEO) in your area. This will usually be the Sheriff or Chief of Police. The CLEO will sign your paperwork and fingerprint you on the cards. If you live in an area where the CLEO refuses to sign Form 4's, you can form a simple corporation (LLC, etc.) and then are exempt from the CLEO signature and fingerprints. You will then need to attach a passport photo to each of the Form 4's, and send all completed paperwork to the BATF along with a one-time fee of $200. (Some dealers send the paperwork in for you.)

Then you wait. It usually takes about 4 months for the BATF to approve your paperwork. When they do, they will send it to the dealer. When your dealer receives the approved paperwork, they will notify you to come pick up your NFA item. Make a photocopy of the Form 4, and keep the original in a safe place. Carry the photocopy with the item in case an LEO should ever question you about it.

Oregon allows every NFA item except incendiary explosive destructive devices, so it looks like you're good to go on all the popular stuff.

liberal sheriff's and Chiefs of police usually won't sign. The Chief of the Jonesboro, AR PD for example will not sign them. The laws around them signing are rather convoluted but as near as anyone I know can tell they are supposed to unless they have enough evidence to put you in jail for the threat of a violent crime.
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