By George Paul Tire
I recently covered the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms rule changes affecting the purchase of things like sound suppressors, short barreled rifle and shotguns and automatic weapons, also known as National Firearms Act (NFA) weapons along with the possibility of need a Federal Firearms License to sell guns. One of the popular ways of purchasing NFA items has been the use of a trust or corporation. Buying these items as an individual has required the approval of local chief law enforcement officers (CLEO) which is often impossible to get while trust or corporate ones have not, hence their popularity. While the January rule changes made it far more cumbersome to use a trust for such purchases by requiring fingerprints, photos and background checks for those authorized to possess the item, they also, according to the American Suppressor Association (ASA), removed the requirement for CLEO sign offs on all such purchases. That will make it far easier for individuals to protect their hearing or enjoy other NFA weapons.
The question is whether or not one needs the advantages of a trust or corporation, which allows any of the designated parties to have possession of the registered hardware. If not, the rule change has some benefits. On the other hand, if you wish for family members to be able to use your suppressor or other NFA item without your presence, then you are going to have to have them all line up together for fingerprints, photos and background checks which previously were not required.
The new rules take effect in July. The ASA says that applications made before July 13th will go in under the old rules, so if you want the benefits of a trust without the extra hassle, act fast.