DIY NFA Gun Trust: Your Guide to Creating a Valid Trust

by Bronson Motor Speedway | Tuesday, Oct 6, 2015 | 638 views

firearmsYou create an NFA trust or gun trust to acquire and dispose of firearms, particularly NFA-regulated weapons, which include short-barreled rifles and pistols. It technically becomes the owner of firearms and is managed by one or more trustees who are authorized to act in behalf of beneficiaries. With a gun trust, there’s a legal and safe way to handle firearms, especially in case of death.

Create Trust Using Software

There are two methods to create an NFA trust. One is to purchase a software that creates a valid trust for the particular state you’re in. It’s less costly, and some find it easy to use. However, be careful in setting up the trust to avoid validity issues.

Online Templates

For people who want to create the firearms trust themselves, there are templates available online. There are also several NFA trust websites, which can help guide you in the process. The risk of using an online template, even if you do create a valid trust, is not knowing if it’s valid in your state.

Get a Gun Trust Lawyer

The main advantage of getting the services of a lawyer is their familiarity with NFA-specific requirements. This way, you know you get a valid and legal trust. 2A Trusts says an attorney should draft the trust to meet more than the minimum law requirements.

Experts get it done quickly. It will give you peace of mind knowing the lawyer did everything right, and the cost – though higher than the other methods – is worth it.

Why Get an NFA Trust?

The most basic reason for creating a gun trust is you own guns or want to own them, and you don’t want the hassle of transferring possession in case of death. That is why there’s an option to have more than one trustee, so the life of the trust continues beyond death of the main owner. Besides, if there’s more than one user of the firearms, possession and use will not need the permission of the local Chief Law Enforcement Officer (CLEO) or the BATFE for each individual.

It’s also faster to purchase a firearm or suppressors using a trust.

To avoid problems regarding the possession and use of firearms, consider creating a gun trust. It will be less of a headache in the long run.

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