The ATF has proposed changes to the way NFA transfers will happen. The highlight for most of us is the news that they intend to make members of gun trusts jump through the same hoops as individuals when applying for transfers. In short, this means that everyone involved will need to get a signature from their chief law enforcement officer (CLEO) before submitting paperwork to the ATF. And many CLEOs won’t sign off on NFA applications.
For many of us, the gun trust was our way around this. Because the the application was submitted to the ATF on behalf of a trust, and not an individual, there were no photographs, fingerprints, or CLEO signatures needed.
The ATF’s proposed changes won’t take effect for 90 days. If you want an NFA firearm now, or a suppressor, it isn’t too late. Get a trust. Get it now.
199trust.com can help. The service is there to help people create proven, quality gun trusts. Like the domain name would suggest, the price is right. And right now 199trust.com is offering a discount to Guns.com readers. More on that below.
Why go with a gun trust?
The immediate answer that comes to mind is that gun trusts allow those who can’t get CLEO approval a way to submit legitimate applications with the ATF. Rather than leaving your fate in the hands of a CLEO with political aspirations, for example, a trust allows trustees to go directly to the ATF.
Others, even individuals who can get CLEO approval, are uncomfortable with providing so much personal data to the ATF. Fingerprints. Photographs. You don’t have to wear a tin foil hat these days to worry about abuses of power.
And then there are those who simply want to share what they have with family or friends. If these people are members of the trust, they can legal possess guns and silencers that are registered to the trust.
And trusts are handy for handling legacies. That’s why they were originally designed. When someone who legally possesses a silencer, for example, passes away, the estate can easily handle the transfer of the regulated supressor to a surviving trustee.
How 199trust.com works
You can prepare your own gun trust paperwork. You don’t have to have a guide like 199trust. But it is something like preparing your own taxes. Most of us don’t do it frequently enough to do it well. And we don’t know the potential pitfalls that carry serious consequences.
199trust works with you. They’re like a guide. The money you spend buys their expertise. They prepare the paperwork for you. They work with you to make sure everything is in place, which helps ensure that it passes muster with the ATF.
And they provide customer support. I spoke with Eric Woodard, the brains behind 199trust.com, and he’s concerned about the future of gun trusts. He pointed me to a fantastic site, NFAtracker.com, that compiles real time data about NFA applications. One of the categories that is tracked is how applications are submitted, by individuals or trusts. The overwhelming majority of applications are made on behalf of trusts. Last year alone, the ATF claims more than 39,000 trusts filed for NFA transfers.
So it’s time to act now. You can still put together a trust, and even file paperwork with the ATF, before their proposed changes take effect. Woodard and 199trust.com are offering Guns.com readers a deal. While filling out the forms on 199trust.com, type in the coupon code “before the change” and get $50 off. That makes it 149trust.com.
There is an outside chance that the proposed changes won’t pass. But what if they do? And what if CLEOs still refuse to sign? The answer is clear. No silencers. No machine guns. No short barreled rifles or shotguns. Maybe ever. Why wait?