How Does Our Gun Trust Work?
If you have decided that you want to purchase or make a short-barreled rifle (SBR), short-barreled shotgun (SBS), silencer (suppressor), or fully automatic gun, then first purchasing a NFA gun trust and purchasing those items with the trust is the best way to do it.
Attorney Drafted Specifically for NFA Weapons
A Secure Gun Trust works first and foremost by being an attorney drafted trust that is designed specifically to hold NFA weapons. The Secure Gun Trust provides you with a self-help packet that will give you everything you need to assemble what was designed to be the best and most protective gun trust out there. This gun trust was created from the ground up with NFA specific language to protect your use of Title II weapons, protect whoever you list as Trustees, and provide sound estate planning for you to pass on your NFA weapons after your death in a way that does not violate the law and allows you to avoid the probate process for these weapons.
What You Get
After your purchase on Secure Gun Trust.com, you will be emailed an order confirmation that contains 7 attachments that will be all you need to get your on your way towards owning a Title II weapon. You will receive the NFA gun trust document itself, a Schedule A (listing of assets to be owned in the Trust), a Schedule B (assignment of trust property to specific Beneficiaries), a sample NFA gun trust, a sample Schedule A, a sample Schedule B, and an Informational Pamphlet. You will receive the documents in Microsoft Word so that you can fill them out, edit them, and add items to your Schedule A as needed, and change beneficiaries as you desire. The NFA gun trust and Schedules will have blanks which need to be completed by you. You will have sample versions to see how a completed NFA gun trust should look. You will also receive an informational pamphlet that will tell you everything you need to know to complete your trust and get your ATF tax stamp.
These documents were drafted by an attorney specifically referencing the National Firearms Act and Gun Control Act of 1968. This gun trust was drafted with broad language that provides that the gun trust must be operated in compliance with local and state law, but that does not mean that it is in compliance with local or state law. It is your responsibility to determine what that local and state law allows you to do, and whether or not you may even possess a NFA item in your locality.
Steps to Getting Your NFA Weapon
Once you receive your documents, there are five steps that you need to complete before you can obtain your NFA items:
1. You must complete your gun trust by identifying the Grantor, the Trustees, and Beneficiaries of the Trust. The Informational Pamplet and samples will help you complete this information.
2. You can set up a bank account for your gun trust in order to purchase the Title II weapons with your Trust, and not personally.
3. You will need to find the Title II item you wish to transfer to your gun trust (or make). If you are transferring a Title II item into your gun trust, you need to put the item's model and serial number on your ATF application. You will need this information to register, but your purchase of the weapon cannot be completed until you have received a copy of your application and tax stamp back from the ATF.
4. Fill out the ATF form. Your Class 3 dealer should have these forms, or you can get them here. The Informational Pamplet will help you figure out what form you need to fill out.
5. Mail (or E-File if available for quicker results) your completed ATF Form, a copy of your gun trust, and a check for the NFA transfer tax
Generally, you will have to wait anywhere from 30-120 days for your paperwork to be approved (but your check for the "transfer tax" will get cashed right away, of course). Your paperwork will be sent back to you with a tax stamp and a Certified ATF Form. At this point your Title II weapon is ready to be transferred into your Trust.
If you've been thinking about whether to purchase a Title II weapon, there is no time like the present - once you send in your paperwork to the ATF it can take anywhere from 30-120 days to receive your certification and there is a change to the way you must register with the ATF as of June, 2016.