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Tuesday, June 7, 2016

New NFA Trust Rules go into affect June 28th 2016

"The new regulations will amend the BATF’s Form 1 (for making a NFA firearm such as a SBR) and Form 4 (for acquiring a NFA device such as a suppressor) to require an FBI fingerprint card and a 2″x2″ current photo for each “Responsible Persons” listed on a Trust, Partnership, Corporation, or other Entity applicant.

“Responsible Persons” is very broadly defined to include “any grantor, trustee, beneficiary, partner, member, officer, director, board member, owner, shareholder or manager who possesses, directly or indirectly, the power or authority under any trust instrument, contract, agreement, article, certificate, bylaw, or instrument or under State law, to receive, possess, ship, transport, deliver, transfer or otherwise dispose of a firearm for, or on behalf of, the trust or entity.”

Reports that the new regulation will NOT apply to trust “beneficiaries” are wrong, because the new regulations specifically include “beneficiaries,” unless there is specific language in your Trust Document that conforms to the language of the new regulations. NFA Firearms Trust’s trust document has already anticipated this rule change, which was first published in 2013, so its document fully conforms to protect “beneficiaries.”

The only good news is that the current Chief Law Enforcement Officer (“CLEO”) approval requirement has been eliminated and downgraded into a notification provision, requiring each applicant to simply send a completed copy of the Form 1 or 4 to their CLEO.

There are some additional minor requirements and fully published new regulations are almost 250 pages long, so it will take a while for the Gun Lawyers to all carefully review this and report further.

The first clear and immediate “take away” is that NOW IS THE TIME TO ACT if you have been planning on creating a NFA Firearms Trust for making or acquiring a SBR or Suppressor."

So get your Form 1's and Form 4's in NOW.


John Richardson said...

It was my understanding that the new rule became effective on July 13th and not June 28th. That is what I've been hearing from the suppressor manufacturers and dealers.

Mark/GreyLocke said...

Applications "Postmarked" up to July 13th will be "Grandfathered" Online applications MUST be in by June 28th.

Mitch Rapp said...

The deadline is actually July 13th, 2016 according to my transfer agent who is Leitrim Enterprises.