Should I put my regular firearms in a NFA Trust or Gun Trust?

November 8, 2012
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A Gun Trust should be designed to hold all firearms including those restricted by the NFA. All of our Gun Trusts are designed for all of your firearms. As an owner of all types of guns, I designed this trust to deal with issues from a revolver, to a Glock pistol, and even NFA firearms like silencers and machine guns.

What most people do not realize is that many of the same issues regarding transfer upon death or incapacity exist for regular firearms as well as those sold by Class 3 SOT dealers. It is for this reason that I would suggest putting all of your Guns in one of our NFA Gun Trusts.

The real issue is that while we can pick beneficiaries while we are alive, we do not know who will survive us or anything about them on the date of our death.

We do not know where they will live; in some states regular firearms are highly restricted or prohibited by law. Will some or all of our guns will be permitted in the state where each beneficiary will live at the time of our death?

The legal status of our beneficiaries. Have our kids or friends done something silly that we do not know about that might have caused the beneficiaries to lose their rights to own, possess, or use a gun. Are they involved with drugs in a state where it is legal? While legal in some states, it is still a federal crime and would make a person using illegal drugs (at the federal or state level) a prohibited person. Another issue might involve being charged with an act of domestic violence or child abuse even if not ultimately convicted of the charge. The Lautenberg amendment is a federal statute that says that certain actions by you or your attorney on your behalf that are associated with charges which are classified as domestic violence or child abuse can cause a permanent loss of your firearms rights.

Most importantly, as much as we would like to believe that our beneficiaries will be the right age and have the right mental state when we die, we will not be there to make the decision. Our Gun Trust takes all of this into consideration and allows the successor Trustee to look at the age, make sure they are old enough and of the right frame of mind. Other trusts only require that someone is not determined to be legally incompetent. With firearms this is not enough, someone can be legally sane, but not the person you would want to hand a gun. People change over time, and it is not always for the better.

Our Gun Trust allows all of these issues to be considered and then a decision can be made or the decision can be to wait an addition period of time and reevaluate the beneficiary.