December 11, 2020
I’m not sure who deserves credit for the explosion in suppressor popularity in this country, but there is little doubt of its occurrence. Suppressors are regulated by the National Firearms Act, which means that every transfer must be approved. If we dive deep into the data published by BATFE in 2017, we can see that the number of Form 4 transfer applications went from 7,024 in 1990 to 133,911 in 2016.
Since there have been a fixed number of transferable machine guns since 1986, it is a safe assumption that the vast majority of those Form 4 applications were for suppressors. So how many suppressors are actually out there? According to the American Suppressor Association, the...