How to Own Fully Automatic Machine Guns


American citizens can own fully automatic machine guns manufactured before 1986 if they follow the proper procedure by registering with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE (also known as the ATF)).  Responsible gun owners will often use a gun trust to register their pre-1986 machine guns with the ATF.  A gun trust provides gun collectors and enthusiasts with some additional protections for their gun collections and a way to pass on their collection outside of probate.  

With a NFA Gun Trust, You Get:

Protection For Your Loved Ones

  • If you own a full auto as an individual, anyone who is near that gun when you are not around could be found to be in constructive possession of it and could face felony charges.
  • If you list the people who you want to be able to be around the full auto and use the gun as Trustees, then they are legally able to use and possess the full auto with the same right that you have

Protection of Your Estate

  • With a NFA gun trust, all of the NFA items that you put in the trust avoid probate after your death.
  • The items in your NFA gun trust never have to be made public, and pass on to the beneficiaries as you have named them in your gun trust completely outside of the court system

Protection of Your Heirs

  • The Secure Gun Trust is drafted specifically to hold NFA items, such as fully automatic machine guns.  
  • It is designed to protect your beneficiaries from unlawful possession of NFA items
  • The terms of this gun trust require the beneficiaries to receive certification from the BATFE that the beneficiary is eligible to own NFA items before those NFA items pass to them.  In the meantime, the NFA items are continued to be held in trust

Disclaimer:  The forms and information contained on this website are not a substitute for the advice of an attorney.  The gun trust form you are about to purchase is created at your direction and completed by you.  Your purchase does not come with legal support or advice, nor does it create an attorney client relationship.  The information provided on this website, and the informational pamphlet you will receive upon your purchase is generally available but is provided here for your convenience in making your own gun trust.  Nothing on this website or in the documents that you purchase is a substitute for the advice of an attorney and does not create and attorney-client privilege or relationship.