Hunting with Silencers to be Legal in Alabama This Fall

By: al.com
By: al.com
Alabama

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Buying a Silencer

To buy a silencer, first an applicant must find a dealer with a NFA, or Class III, firearms license. The approval process requires a background check by law enforcement, fingerprinting, approval from a local sheriff and a $200 transfer tax. The approval process can take as long as six months, if not longer.

And that's for each silencer. To buy another, an applicant must go through the process again.

Anyone with a felony in their criminal history or a misdemeanor domestic violence charge is prohibited from owning a silencer and will not be approved.

Once an applicant has finished the process, he or she must keep their paperwork on hand wherever they have the silencer.

Alabama's next hunting season might be a little quieter.

That's because hunting with silencers is about to be legal.

The state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Advisory Board voted unanimously last week to allow hunting with silencers in the state.

A spokesperson for the board says members decided the benefits of allowing silencers outweigh the cons.

The new rules will go into effect before the Fall hunting seasons.

According to the National Rifle Association, more than 30 states already allow hunting with suppressors.


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