The solvent trap controversy comes against the backdrop of a national debate over how silencers should be regulated. At present, silencers fall under the National Firearms Act. An individual wishing to own one must fill out a special application with the ATF, pass a background check, submit fingerprints, and pay a $200 tax.
What is a solvent trap?
A solvent trap is an item that attaches to the barrel of a firearm, and used to catch and trap gun cleaning solvent during the cleaning process. It feature cups, also referred to as dividers, that trap byproduct created during the cleaning process. For those who do a lot of cleaning of their firearms they come in really handy in helping to prevent messes and capturing expensive cleaning fluids allowing them to be re-used.
Are solvent traps legal?
Yes. The ATF has classified solvent traps as “firearm accessories.” That means it is not a controlled item under any federal gun law.
But a solvent trap with drilled cups or designed to allow bullets to pass through, it may be considered a silencer and you will be in big trouble.
What is the difference between solvent trap and silencer?
They have a distinct resemblance to silencers. The big difference is that solvent traps do not have a hole bored through the center and they do not have a serial number engraved on them. They are also not always designed to be shot.
Do I need an FFL or paperwork to buy a solvent trap?
No. Since the ATF has classified solvent traps as accessories, purchasing a kit is no different than buying any other commercial product online.
Do I need paperwork to Build a Suppressor?
Yes. A suppressor is a controlled item also an NFA (National Firearms Act) item. Federal law requires that anyone who does so still register the device, and submit it to a background check before construction.
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The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms considers a solvent trap a “Firearm Accessory”. The BATF recognizes that a Solvent Trap can be attached to the end of the barrel with an adapter, as a cleaning accessory and is not considered anything other than an accessory because a projectile, or bullet, cannot pass through the tube without modification. ANY modification to a product purchased from Wix24003.com voids the possibility of return or refund, and our refund & exchange policies are located on our Terms & Conditions and Refunds & Exchanges.