A handgun with a silencer: an example of a Class III firearm needing a Class II license to make.
The National Firearms Act of 1934 allowed the federal government to put a special purchase tax on certain types of firearms. These were short-barreled shotguns, fully-automatic firearms, and what was known as “any other weapon” which became a catch-all for unusual and strange guns. In 1968, the government refined this further by creating classes of federal firearm licenses which gave permission to buy, sell, and manufacture firearms. The weapons covered under the act of 1934 were now called Class III weapons.
The Class II license is used to manufacture Class III weapons.
1. Download the NFA Handbook from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives website.
2. Complete the ATF Form 7 (5310.12) license application in Appendix C. Required information includes whether the applicant is an individual or company; the company name; contact information and the type of weapons manufactured. The application has questions concerning any previous criminal history and mental problems.
3. Complete the ATF Form 5630.7, Special Tax Registration and Return in Appendix C. Required information includes the formal name and address of the business, the number of locations, and the anticipated gross revenues.
4. Mail the forms and the $1,000 fee to the Bureau of ATF, Attention NFA, P.O. Box 403269, Atlanta, Ga. 30384-3269.
5. Wait 90 to 120 days for the stamp and license to arrive. The license is good for three years.