Solvent Trap Legality Letter

The following is the response from an NFA lawyer concerning the legality of Solvent Traps.

 

My name is Roy Baker.  I am a practicing attorney and a member of the State Bar of Georgia since 1999 (GA Bar #033889).
Since 2012 I have drafted hundreds of NFA trusts for my clients, and in that time I have become familiar with the National Firearms Act of 1934 and NFA items in general. 

I wish to clarify the issue of legality concerning the solvent traps manufactured and sold at SolventTrap.net.  The solvent traps are designed and intended to be used as solvent traps, and nothing more.  They are accessories that you place on the muzzle of your firearm to “trap” the solvents that are used in cleaning.  They are not designed or manufactured to be used as sound suppressors and cannot be used as sound suppressors UNLESS THEY ARE MODIFIED BY THE PURCHASER WITH THE INTENT TO CREATE A SOUND SUPPRESSOR. 

Anyone choosing to convert a solvent trap into a sound suppressor must file a Form 1 with the BATFE to register it as an NFA item and pay the $200 making tax.  One should also take care not to violate any state laws, as some states do not allow possession of NFA items.

Converting a solvent trap into a suppressor is no different, legally, than buying a 10 inch barreled upper assembly for an AR-15 type rifle and building a short barrel rifle.  Before assembling the parts into a short barrel rifle one must file the Form 1.  Manufacturing a short barrel rifle or a suppressor without filing a Form 1 and following the attending procedures is a crime in the same way converting a solvent trap into a suppressor without filing a Form 1 is a crime.

In summary, the solvent traps offered on this site are legal to own and use.  If one decides to convert a solvent trap into a suppressor then one must comply with the National Firearms Act of 1934 and applicable state law.

This information shall not be construed as legal advice for any person, nor does it constitute formation of any attorney/client relationship.  Information provided is a commentary intended to create better understanding of the law as it concerns solvent traps and sound suppressors.

 

Sincerely,

Roy Baker
Attorney at Law
www.georgianfatrust.com
roy@georgianfatrust.com