The type of license a dealer gets to sell NFA weapons is a class 3 weapons license. The weapons are often referred to as Title II firearms because they refer to Title II of the National Firearms Act.
I've heard them referred to as both title II and class 3. To be fair, one of the blogs I read that is maintained by a lawyer specializing in NFA items
uses the terms title II firearms and class 3 firearms interchangeably.
I'm not aware of any Wisconsin state law that prohibits the possession or sale of NFA firearms (provided you go through the proper NFA regs). I'm not saying that for sure there isn't one. I just don't know of any...which isn't a big surprise since I've never been to the state. You'd really have to check with your specific state laws.
Many states don't outright make laws that prohibit NFA firearms. However, many municipalities enforce a de-facto ban on individuals
purchasing such weapons by having their Chief Law Enforcement Officer refuse to to sign off on the requisite forms. I've gotten 3 form 1's signed off (2 short barrel rifles and 1 short barrel shotgun) and 1 form 4 (transfer of a silencer...soon to be two silencers) without issue in StL city. Had he not signed off on them, I would have created a trust...as you don't need your CLEO to sign the paperwork. Nor do you have to send in fingerprint cards. If I had to do it all over again I'd go the route of a trust. You don't have to get the CLEO to sign of, or send in the cards...plus you can add people to the trust. Although, by not adding a spouse to the trust, you ensure that they can't get those items if the marriage goes south.
Where most people go wrong is not setting up their trust correctly. I've read of a few references of people using Quicken to have their trust setup, only to find out down the road that it wasn't filled out right (even after the ATF ok's a transfer). Take that with a grain of salt, as it's just something I read on the internet (that blog I referenced above)...and there's a lot of stuff true and untrue out there. And it was supposedly only a few
Is it just the case that it's known your CLEO won't sign off on the paperwork? If that's the case and there is no spelled out state law currently, you should be fine going the route of a trust. AFAIK
, if they want to create a new law banning the ownership or transfer of NFA weapons they could only enforce on items created AFTER the enactment of the law. That would mean people who already owned NFA items would be grandfathered in. This was exactly the case with the AWB...the government didn't round up existing "assault" rifles...they just banned the transfer of new "assault" rifles (causing prices on existing "assault" rifles to skyrocket).
If in doubt, contact a lawyer specializing in Wisconsin firearms laws.