Yes... yes, and YES!!!! If I'm not being clear.... YES!!!! You absolutely NEED to have "on or about your person" the documentation that verifies you have signature approval of the tax paid transfer relative the NFA items you are out and about with.
Just in case I'm not clear about this... YOU NEED TO HAVE A COPY OF YOUR APPROVED TAX PAID DOCUMENTATION...WITH YOU when in possession of NFA identified items.
Can't stress this enough. Possession of identified NFA items is ILLEGAL in the context of every State in the Union's, legal code. Your possession of appropriate documentation is, in general, your documented "affirmative defense", that is buried in each states legal code.
As a NFA friendly LEO, Please.. PLEASE... have a copy of your NFA transfer documentation available when you are out and about with that item.
Actually, I have a question.
First off, I agree that this is all really good advice. It seems very wise to have all of this paperwork with you - your tax stamp and associated documentation, etc. If your NFA items are called into question by law enforcement, I can see how this will have the practical effect of clearing the air very quickly and avoiding a trip to jail, hiring a lawyer, criminal charges, etc.
With that being said, what does the law actually say? IIRC, an ATF agent
is allowed to ask for your documentation, and if you do not have it, you are in violation of the law. So, constructively, the ATF requires you to have your documentations should they
ask for it. I understand that - no easy wiggle-room there.
What about state/local police? I live in VA, and I can't seem to find any silencer laws on the books suggesting that I have to produce paperwork to show that I am in lawful possession of my silencer any more than I would have to produce paperwork to show that I am in lawful possession of my cell phone, should I get stopped by state/local police. VA is a very gun-friendly state.
Like I said - I get it - you should have your paperwork on you! I also understand as a practical matter that the state/local police could call the ATF, and an ATF agent could then stick it to you if they can get to you in a reasonable time. I'm just wondering if there's actual law
that I am missing here that says something different.