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§ 14-288.8.  Manufacture, assembly, possession, storage, transportation, sale, purchase, delivery, or acquisition of weapon of mass death and destruction; exceptions.

(a)        Except as otherwise provided in this section, it is unlawful for any person to manufacture, assemble, possess, store, transport, sell, offer to sell, purchase, offer to purchase, deliver or give to another, or acquire any weapon of mass death and destruction.
(b)        This section does not apply to any of the following:
(1)        Persons exempted from the provisions of G.S. 14-269 with respect to any activities lawfully engaged in while carrying out their duties.
(2)        Importers, manufacturers, dealers, and collectors of firearms, ammunition, or destructive devices validly licensed under the laws of the United States or the State of North Carolina, while lawfully engaged in activities authorized under their licenses.
(3)        Persons under contract with the United States, the State of North Carolina, or any agency of either government, with respect to any activities lawfully engaged in under their contracts.
(4)        Inventors, designers, ordnance consultants and researchers, chemists, physicists, and other persons lawfully engaged in pursuits designed to enlarge knowledge or to facilitate the creation, development, or manufacture of weapons of mass death and destruction intended for use in a manner consistent with the laws of the United States and the State of North Carolina.
 Persons who lawfully possess or own a weapon as defined in subsection (c) of this section in compliance with 26 U.S.C. Chapter 53, §§ 5801-5871. Nothing in this subdivision shall limit the discretion of the sheriff in executing the paperwork required by the United States Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms for such person to obtain the weapon.
(c)        The term "weapon of mass death and destruction" includes:
(1)        Any explosive or incendiary:
a.         Bomb; or
b.         Grenade; or
c.         Rocket having a propellant charge of more than four ounces; or
d.         Missile having an explosive or incendiary charge of more than one-quarter ounce; or
e.         Mine; or
f.          Device similar to any of the devices described above; or
(2)        Any type of weapon (other than a shotgun or a shotgun shell of a type particularly suitable for sporting purposes) which will, or which may be readily converted to, expel a projectile by the action of an explosive or other propellant, and which has any barrel with a bore of more than one-half inch in diameter; or
(3)        Any firearm capable of fully automatic fire, any shotgun with a barrel or barrels of less than 18 inches in length or an overall length of less than 26 inches, any rifle with a barrel or barrels of less than 16 inches in length or an overall length of less than 26 inches, any muffler or silencer for any firearm, whether or not such firearm is included within this definition. For the purposes of this section, rifle is defined as a weapon designed or redesigned, made or remade, and intended to be fired from the shoulder; or
(4)        Any combination of parts either designed or intended for use in converting any device into any weapon described above and from which a weapon of mass death and destruction may readily be assembled.
The term "weapon of mass death and destruction" does not include any device which is neither designed nor redesigned for use as a weapon; any device, although originally designed for use as a weapon, which is redesigned for use as a signaling, pyrotechnic, line-throwing, safety, or similar device; surplus ordnance sold, loaned, or given by the Secretary of the Army pursuant to the provisions of section 4684(2), 4685, or 4686 of Title 10 of the United States Code; or any other device which the Secretary of the Treasury finds is not likely to be used as a weapon, is an antique, or is a rifle which the owner intends to use solely for sporting purposes, in accordance with Chapter 44 of Title 18 of the United States Code.
(d)       Any person who violates any provision of this section is guilty of a Class F felony. (1969, c. 869, s. 1; 1975, c. 718, ss. 6, 7; 1977, c. 810; 1983, c. 413, ss. 1, 2; 1993, c. 539, s. 1228; 1994, Ex. Sess., c. 24, s. 14(c); 2001-470, s. 3; 2011-268, s. 8.)

States that permit purchase and possession of silencers

"A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed."

(2nd Amendment of the United States Constitution as adopted on December 15, 1791.) 



Be extremely cautious relying on non-attorneys or attorneys unfamiliar with your state’s laws governing trusts along with the purchase and possession of a NFA firearm. These transactions can have very severe consequences if mishandled and not carefully crafted to be valid where you live.

Also be very careful of inexpensive trusts (like $99.00), you will get what you pay for and risk very expensive legal fees to rescue you from prosecution, both from the Federal and State law enforcement. 

See Link to the National Firearms Act (NFA):

Mr. Ennis, a founding partner of ENNIS AND ASSOCIATES, P.A., devotes the majority of his practice to estate planning and NFA Trusts. He is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) and is a certified arbitrator for the Better Business Bureau. He is also involved in a number of legal organizations including: Delta Theta Phi, North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers, North Carolina Bar Association, American Bar Association, and the American Society of International Law. Mr. Ennis received his undergraduate degrees from BYU and Yale and his J.D. from Campbell University School of Law, where he was Editor-in-Chief of the Campbell Law Observer. Reference to his 2005 Campbell Law Review article Preemption, Assassination, and the War on Terrorism was made before a national television audience (to view see link).

Mr. Ennis is admitted to practice:

  • North Carolina State Bar
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of North Carolina
  • United States District Court, Northern District of Florida
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • United States Tax Court
  • United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina
  • United States Supreme Court

Mr. Ennis was inducted into the Phi Theta Kappa Society (International Scholastic Order) in 1997 and was installed as Vice Dean of the Delta Theta Phi Legal Fraternity in 2003. He is also listed in Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges. He has been inducted into the Order of Barrister after exhibiting excellence and high honors through the art of advocacy.

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