Why create an NFA gun trust? Because it’s an easy way to avoid probate for your Title II or NFA firearms upon your death, and it provides some peace of mind by enabling your loved ones to legally use them.
In order for you to be able to buy NFA regulated firearms and accessories, if legally allowed in your state, such as a silencer/suppressor (save your hearing) or a short barrel shotgun (good for smaller frame people or home defense) I want you to consider creating an NFA gun trust.
With an NFA gun trust your fellow trustees can use your firearms legally. Let me provide an example of why this is important. What if you’re away on business and your spouse wants to shoot your NFA firearm at the range or in an emergency? If it’s in your name, technically, they would be breaking the law.
Purchasing an NFA firearm isn’t easy. This is how it works for an individual. You will need to submit to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (BATFE) the following: A completed Form 4 through a licensed Type III dealer/agent, fingerprint cards, photo id, $200 check to BATFE, signature from a Chief Law Enforcement Officer (CLEO), and then wait for seven months or so for approval (apparently there’s about 15 agents sifting through 25,000 forms, thank you Obama). Good news for individuals is you will not need CLEO sign-off after July 13th.
To buy an NFA firearm through a gun trust up until July 13th (don’t wait this long) fingerprints and photos are not required from trustees of an NFA gun trust. They will be after July 13th.
Even after July 13th, I like the idea of an NFA gun trust simply for your family’s peace of mind and to avoid the probate process in the eventual transfer to your heirs of what is rightfully theirs—your 2nd Amendment rights.