Q: I took a suppressor in transfer from the Silencer Shop in Texas. They are a large, mostly online seller of suppressors. They process the initial forms for the buyer and have the paperwork processed to send the suppressor to me. (I handle dozens of transfers a year for them in NH; they pay me a $50 fee per transfer). When the form 4 is approved by the ATF, it?s mailed to me, I call the client, have them fill out a 4473 & send them along when the 4473 background check is complete. I had a client in today who had a NH address on the paperwork of the form 4 (it?s actually an NFA trust), but as he was filling out the 4473 my clerk asked for his ID to start to enter him into the computer. My clerk noticed the client had a MA drivers license. He called me over & I spoke with the client. The client said that he is a NH resident because he owns a weekend home in NH so he is a dual resident. I am not so sure. I initially called a local attorney who has drawn up NFA trusts for some of our clients & his take was that just because the guy owns a house here it doesn?t make him a NH resident. I have at this point refused to transfer the suppressor. My question: does he qualify as a NH resident? The Silencer Shop says they do thousands of sales a year & this is a common occurrence to them; I am not so sure? is there such a thing as dual residency? Silencer Shop seems to think so. They did make it clear he can never transfer the device to MA, but that is out of their control after it leaves the shop? I just don?t wan to end up cellmates with this guy in Leavenworth?
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