MemberJune 12, 2021 at 9:04 pm
Hi guys, so I’m waiting on the approval for my form 4 for a suppressor, and I feel like it’s taking a lot longer than it should. Now I know this isn’t a quick process, however I see people that bought the same suppressor in the same state getting approved months ago.
I’m in TX, filed as an individual, and my check cashed date was 10/27/2020. I have seen folks with this same date getting approved back in Feb/Mar. I’ve called the NFA a few times, and all they tell me it’s pending and could take a year sometimes… won’t tell me anything else.
I’m not a prohibited person, and have been approved for a form one before. Now every now and then I’m delayed (by like 30 min) when buying a new firearm, but it’s delayed by minutes, not days. I’m afraid I’m being held up by the FBI bg check part… What the hell do I do now? Any suggestions? Am I really at the mercy of our federal gov’t, or is there anything to do to get this thing approved?
Edit: thank you to those who have been helpful or supportive. For those that want to shit on me for asking a simple question: I hope the elastic in your socks is loose for the rest of your life.
300blk300GuestJune 12, 2021 at 9:04 pm
you are under a year……… just set back and wait ………
coded62GuestJune 12, 2021 at 9:04 pm
Best advice I’ve heard, buy another one; that way the wait between buying one and getting one are shorter!
matts290GuestJune 12, 2021 at 9:04 pm
You aren’t even at 200 days yet. I wouldn’t panic until you have hit like 300.
As the Mayor of Houston would say “Just chheeeeel”
SpidersightGuestJune 12, 2021 at 9:04 pm
Homie if you are looking for rhyme or reason in how the ATF makes approvals you are gonna lose your fucking mind if you keep buying NFA items.
Some of the reviewers look for other pending items when they come across a new approval and batch them together. Some don’t. Some kick back Form 1s and give the owner time to correct them. Some don’t. Etc. etc.
The people reviewing the forms have a surprising amount of freedom when it comes to how they handle each approval. Hell they started grabbing from the top of the stack a year or two ago to lower their overall approval times.
Submit and forget. Trust me I know that is way easier said than done and the wait itself is bullshit. “But that’s just the way it is” – Bruce Hornsby
Special-AgentOrangeGuestJune 12, 2021 at 9:04 pm
7862838484GuestJune 12, 2021 at 9:04 pm
It can take a year. Sometimes it doesn’t but the best course of action is to forget about it. One of these days you’ll get a pleasant surprise. There’s not much else to do.
ramtosGuestJune 12, 2021 at 9:04 pm
Go shoot your un-suppressed firearm and enjoy the loud booms and bangs while you can.
Seriously, it’s a pure luck on when you will get your stamp approved. Could be 160 days, could be 350 days. I’ve been on both ends. The only way to know if there is any logic to how processing really works is if you go work for the ATF.
veronica2beGuestJune 12, 2021 at 9:04 pm
You are still below average on wait. I have been told when I called to inquire on my MG with a similar pending date that average is seven months. I would say if you are at day 250 or so, you might ask your congressman/senator to inquire for you, but otherwise just wait at this point, not much else you can do. Even then, I would not expect much. It could be a case of the wheel that squeaks gets the oil. Remember the federal government does not like doing things quickly for average private citizens, its generally best to have low expectations with them.
stupidbullets23GuestJune 12, 2021 at 9:04 pm
My buddy applied for his 4 months after me. Four months later he got his. I waited another 3 months before I got mine.
clarkkent06GuestJune 12, 2021 at 9:04 pm
Unfortunately not much you can do besides wait.
jdne5bGuestJune 12, 2021 at 9:04 pm
Is your congressman or senator pro-2A? If so, contact them.
My name is xxxx, I’m trying to exercise my 2a rights and things appear to be held up at the ATFFBI. I’m not a prohibited person, blah blah. Is there any way you can make an inquiry on my behalf?
Sometimes they’ll have you sign something allowing them to inquire. Some people post on Facebook groups that this works for drawn out approvals such as yours.
fcatstaplesGuestJune 12, 2021 at 9:04 pm
This isnt forever and you know it.
Guncollector9898GuestJune 12, 2021 at 9:04 pm
I’m 10 cans in , the very first one I bought came in last compared to the other 9 . It’s a drop of a hat as to who gets what when . I think most cans bought late last year are moving in under 6 months but again it’s the ATF they can do whatever the fuck they want . So if it’s submitted only to do is wait or buy another can , it’s the only sucky thing about buying a can is waiting for the fed boys to give us our shit .
Space-BagelsGuestJune 12, 2021 at 9:04 pm
Get another one