Suppressor Laws By State 2020

Owning and obtaining guns is within everyone's legal rights due to the 2nd Amendment. The accessories that can be bought for some firearms, however, may begin to come into question among various states. Suppressors are one of those tools that are widely debated throughout the country. Since they are designed to muffle the sound of gunfire and reduce the flash of a gun, it is crucial to set laws regarding their purchase and use. To understand the topic more, here are the regulations regarding suppressors in each state.

General Laws

Throughout the country, there are various laws that all states apply regarding suppressors. These laws provide an overview of what the requirements are to purchase and own the tool. They also made these laws to intend the safety of citizens further. The general laws regarding purchasing a suppressor are as follows:

  • A person must be 21 years old or older to purchase from a dealer.
  • A person must be a citizen of the United States.
  • A person must be legally able to purchase a firearm.
  • A person must be able to pass a background check.
  • A person must pay a one-time Transfer Tax of \$200.
  • A person must live in one of the states that allow people to own suppressors.

There are some laws, however, that are subjected to change by any state at any time. Those laws include:

  • A person must be at least 18 years old to purchase a suppressor from another individual.
  • A person must be at least 18 years old to own a suppressor if they are a beneficiary of a trust or a member of an organization.

Suppressor Ownership

As mentioned before, one of the only ways that a person can purchase and own a suppressor is when they live in a state that allows this action. Otherwise, it is entirely illegal to even transport the tool to an area that does not allow them. Currently, 42 states allow the sale and use of suppressors for personal purposes. The other eight that deem it illegal to purchase and use suppressors are:

  • California
  • Hawaii
  • Illinois
  • New York
  • New Jersey
  • Massachusetts
  • Rhode Island
  • Delaware

Intended Use

For citizens that own suppressors, they are guaranteed to keep them if they are used for legal and legitimate purposes. If it is determined that the suppressors were used for other reasons, then that person will face the consequences of their actions in the court of law. The leading group of people that use suppressors is hunters, and in the same 42 states, suppressors are legal and are allowed for hunting purposes. However, two of those states will not allow suppressors to be used for hunting:

  • Connecticut
  • Vermont

Suppressor Laws By State 2020

State 2020 Pop.
Alabama4,908,620
Alaska734,002
Arizona7,378,490
Arkansas3,039,000
California39,937,500
Colorado5,845,530
Connecticut3,563,080
Delaware982,895
Washington DC720,687
Florida21,993,000
Georgia10,736,100
Hawaii1,412,690
Idaho1,826,160
Illinois12,659,700
Indiana6,745,350
Iowa3,179,850
Kansas2,910,360
Kentucky4,499,690
Louisiana4,645,180
Maine1,345,790
Maryland6,083,120
Massachusetts6,976,600
Michigan10,045,000
Minnesota5,700,670
Mississippi2,989,260
Missouri6,169,270
Montana1,086,760
Nebraska1,952,570
Nevada3,139,660
New Hampshire1,371,250
New Jersey8,936,570
New Mexico2,096,640
New York19,440,500
North Carolina10,611,900
North Dakota761,723
Ohio11,747,700
Oklahoma3,954,820
Oregon4,301,090
Pennsylvania12,820,900
Rhode Island1,056,160
South Carolina5,210,100
South Dakota903,027
Tennessee6,897,580
Texas29,472,300
Utah3,282,120
Vermont628,061
Virginia8,626,210
Washington7,797,100
West Virginia1,778,070
Wisconsin5,851,750
Wyoming567,025