Effect of Obama’s Actions on NFA Trusts

If you’ve been considering purchasing a silencer or other NFA device, we recommend that you take action now before these regulations take effect. We can help you do that, and we have silencers in stock. We strongly believe in weapon-mounted hearing protection.

There are lots of news stories about obama’s “executive orders” today, but not a lot of actual facts about the specifics. Not much is changing for licensed dealers, but there is one change you all may want to know about. Up until now, if you were to purchase a National Firearms Act (NFA) controlled device (machine gun, silencer, short-barreled rifle, etc) using a trust or other business entity, you were not required to submit fingerprint cards and passport photos or receive the permission of your chief law enforcement officer (CLEO). Starting in six months, that will change. 

The new regulations state that, “With respect to trusts, partnerships, associations, companies, or corporations, this final rule requires that each responsible person complete a specified form and submit photographs and fingerprints when the trust or legal entity either files an application to make an NF A firearm, or is listed as the transferee on an application to transfer an NFA firearm.” Additionally, “The final rule only requires that the applicant maker or transferee, including each responsible person for a trust or legal entity, provide a notice to the appropriate State or local official that an application is being submitted to ATF.”

In other words, every responsible person in the trust or other entity will be required to submit photos and fingerprint cards with their transfer paperwork, but the CLEO will now simply be notified rather than actually approve the transfer. The full details can be found here: https://www.atf.gov/file/100896/download

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