Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia says his office will review Class 3 National Firearms Act applications on a case-by-case basis.
Previously, those applications that are filed with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives were funneled through the District Attorney's Office. DA Mike Anderson says his office will now funnel those permits to Sheriff Garcia's office.
The Class 3 NFA licenses cover weapons like machine guns, silencers, and other military style weapons. The permit requires a background check as well as a physical inspection of the facility where the weapons will be held, to ensure they are being stored securely.
Major Clint Greenwood with the Harris County Sheriff's Department says Sheriff Garcia is worried about these weapons being stolen, "Sheriff Garcia is very concerned that one of these NFA devices would fall into the wrong hands. That is why there is protocol in place, when we get an application we perform a background check and a physical inspection...."
Major Greenwood says so far Sheriff Garcia has not received any requests from citizens to own any NFA devices.