According to this link U.S. Attorneys, Western District of Louisiana, a man faces 10 years in prison for illegally making and selling silencers. He has not been sentenced yet, but will be just before Christmas.
“Grayson man pleads guilty to illegally making, selling silencers MONROE, La. – United States Attorney Stephanie A. Finley announced that a Grayson man pleaded guilty last week to manufacturing and selling firearm silencers. XXXX, 31, of Grayson, La., pleaded guilty Wednesday before U.S. Magistrate Judge Karen L. Hayes to one count of illegally selling and manufacturing firearm silencers. The plea will become final when accepted by U.S. District Judge S. Maurice Hicks Jr. According to the guilty plea, in May 2016, the ATF conducted a controlled purchase of three firearm silencers from a target of the investigation who later identified XXXX as the manufacturer of the silencers. XXXX sold the silencers from a Facebook site called “Angel of Death Tactical,” without having paid the special occupational tax and not having registered the silencers as required by federal law. A search was conducted at XXXX’ residence on May 19, 2016. Several firearms were seized with silencers attached, as well as assorted silencer parts with drilled baffles and end caps, other assorted parts for making silencers, and boxes of parts showing mailing information that they were imported from India. XXXX also had drill presses used to complete the manufacture of silencers. XXXX faces up to 10 years in prison, three years of supervised release and a $10,000 fine. A sentencing date of December 20, 2016 was set. This investigation and prosecution is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods, which is a Department of Justice initiative to promote firearm safety and to reduce firearm crimes by preventing the possession and use of firearms by dangerous and persistent felons and others not authorized to possess a firearm. The ATF conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney James C. Cowles Jr. is prosecuting the case.”
Angel of Death Tactical’s Facebook page is still up and running here, although I would not advice anyone to buy from there for obvious reasons.
By the looks of it, AoDT have been selling the silencers as “solvent trap kits”.
I’d be honest and say that none of these “solvent traps” is something I would like to put on any firearm, regardless if it was legal. The material looks like brass, will it outlast the blast of a 5,56 through a rifle?
To me this looks like a very dangerous thing to put on a firearm.
Quote: “…as well as assorted silencer parts with drilled baffles and end caps, other assorted parts for making silencers, and boxes of parts showing mailing information that they were imported from India.”
“Solvent trap” give aways!
So before you start selling “solvent traps” and similar parts, regardless what you call them, please consider the laws.