August 6, 2013

ATF Applications for Form 1 and Form 4 now taking 9-12 months

Last week I called the ATF to check on one of my personal applications and a new one that I recently filed. The person I spoke to told me that while older applications were taking 6-9 months, new applications were expected to take 9-12 months for approval.

The Firearmsblog has reported a similar conversation with ATF.

While we had previously reported that the ATF was increasing their staff by 30% it appears that this has not helped clear the backlog and they are more than 46,000 applications in the backlog.

August 5, 2013

Common Gun Trust and Free Gun Trust Mistakes

A NFA Trust or Gun Trust is a type of revocable living trust that is created for the main purpose of possessing Title II firearms. In our review of many so-called Gun Trusts we have seen that most do not properly address firearms ownership, transfer and possession. (If you have a gun trust you would like reviewed, just let us know and we woudl be happy to review it under the federal laws for free) Many are regular trusts and many only have a few firearms related terms. If almost every provision in your trust does not deal with firearms, it is not a real Gun Trust from a Gun Trust Lawyer®.

A Gun Trust is a NFA Trust that is appropriate for regular firearms as well as Title II firearms (those sold by Class 3 SOT FFLs). Often times, people who wish to purchase Title II firearms with a trust choose to hire an attorney who has not studied and does not fully understand the NFA and estate planning. As a result, many so called NFA Trusts or Gun Trusts other than those provided by a Gun Trust Lawyer® do not comply with the Gun Control act of 1968, the National Firearms Act and other local and state specific gun laws. These trusts often contain several defects or mistakes and may lead to illegal possession or transfer of Title I and Title II firearms.

Mistake #1: Omitted Necessary Provisions

A generic revocable trust often times does not contain necessary provisions that are necessary for the possession of Title I or Title II firearms. A real Gun Trust should mention several provisions, including but not limited to: National Firearms Act (NFA), Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF or BATFE), ATF Form 1, Form 4, Form 5320.20, Title II firearms, prohibited persons, etc. An experienced Gun Trust Lawyer® will insert and define these terms into a Gun Trust to meet important requirements that are unique to Gun Trusts.

Mistake #2: Failure to include required provisions or execute the Gun Trust properly

Each state has its own requirements to create a valid Trust. While this is a Gun Trust it will have to be executed with the formalities required for type of trust that is used. Many states have signing requirements and these can differ depending on if the trust is revocable or irrevocable. In addition, it may be difficult for the ATF to recognize the trust as valid if one moves or the trust is attempted to be used from different states in the future. It is important to create the trust with the requirements necessary for ATF approval in each state to prevent problems in the future.

Mistake #3: The Trustee or Beneficiary is a Prohibited Person

Under the NFA, a "prohibited person" cannot own or possess any firearms. Thus, it is important that a valid Gun Trust not only mentions prohibited persons but also defines them so that future managers of the trust can easily identify illegal transfers. Your Gun Trust should make it impossible to appoint a prohibited person as a Trustee and properly deal with a beneficiary who is or later becomes a prohibited person so that you do not put your family or friends at risk or criminal prosecution. In addition, the state where the beneficiary lives at the time of your death, which is unknown at this time, must be dealt with to prevent firearms from being sent to a state where they are not legal.

Mistake #4: Title II Firearms Have Not Been Properly Transferred to the Gun Trust

A Gun Trust cannot legally own a firearm unless it is legally transferred into the trust. Simply signing a trust agreement does not transfer ownership of a firearm to a trust. A firearm must be transferred from the current owner, to the Gun Trust, according to applicable state and federal law. Opening a bank account in the name of the Gun Trust, and purchasing Title II firearms with the trust's funds (by using a check or debit card from the Gun Trust's checking account) is a simple way to ensure that the trust, and not you, owns the firearm(s). Your gun trust should be able to deal with the ability for you to purchase the firearms with personal funds and properly document the purchase so that invalid transfers do not take place. Our Gun Trusts come with the forms and instructions to help you properly purchase and transfer firearms to your Gun Trust. You should never use your own personal funds to purchase Title II firearms without proper documentation that it was done on behalf of you as Trustee of the Gun Trust as this can lead to the illegal possession of the firearms by co-trustees of the Gun Trust.

Mistake #5: The Gun Trust Allows a Beneficiary to Possess Title II Firearms

The majority of revocable living trusts or so called Gun Trusts allow beneficiaries and or other people to use, possess, and receive distributions of trust assets. A properly drafted Gun Trust prohibits a person who is a mere beneficiary from using or possessing a Title II Firearm. Only trustees or legally eligible authorized users under the terms of a Gun Trust have the legal right to use and possess Title II firearms owned by the trust.

The ATF changes the rules and interpretation of the NFA all the time. It is important to use a Gun Trust Lawyer® who keeps up with the changes and will not charge you every time you have a call or question regarding how to use your trust properly. Gun Trust Lawyers® will answer questions this week, next month, or next year about your trust free of charge. The unlimited support is include with your legally supported Gun Trust so you do not have to worry about future legal charges for questions or the next time ATF changes their procedure.

We have created over 5000 Gun Trusts for clients all over the country and work with lawyers in each state to have state specific issues dealt with. Today with families being located in multiple states and not knowing where your beneficiaries will live when you die, it is more important than ever to have your Gun Trust deal with multi state issues correctly. To find out more about Gun Trusts request information using our contact us form on this page or call us to begin the process.

August 3, 2013

ATF Electronic Forms Available for Form 1, Form 4, and Form 5

ATFonline.jpgFFL holders: get on it so you're squared away for your customers!
Gun Trusts can use this to submit an ATF Form 1 - 5320.1

"NFA eForms are finally here! ATF is pleased to announce the implementation of the NFA forms into ATF's eForms system. ATF Forms 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 9 and 10 are currently available for eForms submission.

The submission of Forms 2, 3, 4, 5 and 9 can only be done by a Federal firearms licensee who has paid the special (occupational) tax for the current Tax Year.

If the submission of the form requires fingerprints, photographs, and the Law Enforcement Certification, the submission cannot be done using eForms - the application must be submitted on paper to the NFA Branch.

Accordingly, Forms 1, 4 and 5 may be submitted using eForms if the applicant maker or transferee is a legal entity, such as Gun Trust. The submission of the application will require that the documents establishing the Gun Trust be attached electronically to the application.

This means that the entire Gun Trust as well as any exhibits or attachments mentioned in the Gun Trust will need to be electronically attached to the application.

For Forms 1 or 4 that are submitted with making or transfer tax due, the tax payment will be made through Pay.Gov, just prior to the submission of the application. Pay.Gov is a system, of the US Treasury's Financial Management, that allows the submitter to pay the tax by credit/debit card or from a bank account. For detailed information on Pay.gov you can visit their website at www.pay.gov."

To begin the process you will need to register online with a 12 digit or more password that contains a number, upper and lower case letters, and a non alpha numeric character.
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It appears you will also need to register with www.pay.gov to make the payment.
While a Gun Trust can only use the Form 1 at this time, Class 3 SOT FFLs can submit forms to transfer firearms to Gun Trusts but not individuals.

A Gun Trust is a term used to describe a revocable or irrevocable trust that has been customized to deal with the unique issues of firearms ownership, transfer, and possession. Many so-called Gun Trusts have significant problems and are little more than regular legal documents that do not deal with all of the issues involved with the purchase, transfer, and possession of firearms including those regulated by the NFA. To be sure you are getting a Gun Trust and not a regular trust you should contact a Gun Trust Lawyer®. If you have a trust that you would like reviewed for the federal issues, we will review them free of charge and let you know if we find significant issues that could cause problems and create criminal liability if the terms of the trust are followed.

Remember that just because the ATF approves a transfer to a trust, it does not make your trust valid or appropriate to use.

July 23, 2013

Advanced Armament 1911 R1 / Tirant 45 Suppressor Package

aac-pistol-660x241.jpgThis past Friday, thefirearmsblog.com released an article detailing Advanced Armament Corp.'s (AAC) new collaboration with Remington. The article announces the collaboration as "Advanced Armament Corp.'s first branded pistol," disregarding AAC's long time partnership with Nighthawk Custom.

Nonetheless, Advanced Armament has teamed up with Remington to offer the first-ever pistol/suppressor combo package with a retail price of $2,261.

The accuracy and reliability of the 1911 have been enhanced by the features this product exhibits. End consumers will be happy to know that this silencer and pistol combination is equipped with a Pelican case with custom cut foam, a Tirant45 silencer and (2) two magazines. The product also features high sites, a black threaded barrel, custom Grey VZ "Grenade" AAC logo grips, the Skull Xguns logo on the right side of the slide and "Advanced Armament Corp" on the left side.
This package is an AcuSport exclusive, and is only available to FFL Class III dealers who purchase through AcuSport. Since the silencer is a Title II item, if you purchase this new combo, keep in mind you will have to submit a Form 4 to ATF.

July 22, 2013

ATF requests Public Comments on Form 5320.1

The BATFE released a 60 day notice notice to make changes to the ATF Form 5320.1. This form is used to make or asemble a Title II Firearm under the National Firearms Act.

The changes would allow applicatnts to pay the transfer ta by credit card or debit card, and combine information currently captured on another form.

Here is a copy of what was published in the Federal Register Today under Notices

The Department of Justice (DOJ), Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), will submit the following information collection request to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. The proposed information collection is published to obtain comments from the public and affected agencies. Comments are encouraged and will be accepted for ''sixty days'' until September 20, 2013. This process is conducted in accordance with 5 CFR 1320.10.

If you have comments especially on the estimated public burden or associated response time, suggestions, or need a copy of the proposed information collection instrument with instructions or additional information, please contact Gary Schaible, National Firearms Act Branch at Gary.Schaible@atf.gov.

Written comments and suggestions from the public and affected agencies concerning the proposed collection of information are encouraged. Your comments should address one or more of the following four points:

--Evaluate whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information will have practical utility;

--Evaluate the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used;

--Enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and

--Minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including through the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology, e.g., permitting electronic submission of responses.

Summary of Information Collection
(1) Type of Information Collection: Revision of a currently approved collection.
(2) Title of the Form/Collection: Application to Make and Register a Firearm.
(3) Agency form number, if any, and the applicable component of the Department of Justice sponsoring the collection: Form Number: ATF F 1 (5320.1). Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
(4) Affected public who will be asked or required to respond, as well as a brief abstract: Primary: State, Local, or Tribal Government. Other: Business or other for-profit, and individuals or households.

Need for Collection
The form is used by persons applying to make and register a firearm that falls within the purview of the National Firearms Act. The information supplied by the applicant on the form helps to establish the applicant's eligibility. The
changes to the form are to allow applicants to pay the transfer tax by credit or debit card, combine information currently captured on another form, and the form size is now 81⁄2″ x 14″.
(5) An estimate of the total number of respondents and the amount of time estimated for an average respondent to respond: It is estimated that 9,662 respondents will take an average of approximately 1.63 hours to complete.
(6) An estimate of the total public burden (in hours) associated with the collection: There are an estimated 15,747 annual total burden hours associated with this collection.
If additional information is required contact: Jerri Murray, Department Clearance Officer, Policy and Planning Staff, Justice Management Division, Department of Justice, Two Constitution Square, 145 N Street NE., Room 3W- 1407B, Washington, DC 20530.

July 10, 2013

Colorado & AG Statement on "continuous possession" and "designed to be readily convertible".

July 10, 2013

CONTACT
Carolyn Tyler Communications Director
720-508-6553
Carolyn.Tyler@state.co.us

COLORADO ATTORNEY GENERAL STATEMENT ON WITHDRAWAL OF MOTION OF PRELIMINARY INJUNCTION IN GUN LAWSUIT

DENVER--Parties in the case of Cooke v. Hickenlooper have reached an agreement to withdraw the plaintiff's motion for preliminary injunction. The parties have agreed to language that the attorney general and governor will provide as technical guidance. At issue was what it means for a magazine to be "designed to be readily convertible" to one in excess of 15 rounds and what it means for a weapon to be in the "continuous possession" of its owner. Specifically, the additional guidance is that:

Magazines with a capacity of 15 or fewer rounds are not large capacity magazines as defined in HB 13-1224 whether or not they have removable base plates. These base plates themselves do not enable the magazines to be expanded, and they serve functions aside from expansion--notable, they allow the magazines to be cleaned and repaired. To actually convert them to higher capacity, one must purchase additional equipment or permanently alter their operation mechanically. Unless so altered, they are not prohibited.

The phrase "continuous" possession in HB 13-1224 shall be afforded its reasonable, every-day interpretation, which is the fact of having or holding property in one's power or the exercise of dominion over property, that is uninterrupted in time, sequence, substance or extent. "Continuous possession" does not require a large-capacity magazine owner to maintain literally continuous physical possession of the magazine. "Continuous possession" is only lost by a voluntary relinquishment of dominion and control.

The following statement is to be attributed to Attorney General John W. Suthers:

"The Attorney General's Office is pleased with the agreement that provides further clarity for the plaintiffs, gun owners and dealers in Colorado. The agreement is consistent with the reasonable, narrow reading of the statute that we have advocated and it now allows the court to expeditiously move to consideration of the Second Amendment implications of the statute. Today's agreement is consistent with our interpretation of the statute and the guidance the Attorney General's Office and the Colorado Department of Public Safety issued pursuant to the governor's direction and, pending final disposition of the case, the statute will be enforced in accordance with the guidance."

While the above does not clarify whether a Trust can be a "person" for high-capacity magazines, it does help with the continuous possession concern that we have previously expressed.

July 8, 2013

Firearms Industry Files Suit Regarding New Connecticut Gun Laws

The National Shooting Sports Foundation® (NSSF®), the trade association for the firearms and ammunition industry, today filed suit in federal court for the District of Connecticut alleging that Governor Dannel Malloy and the leadership of the Connecticut General Assembly misused the so-called "emergency certification" exception to circumvent the safeguards of the normal legislative process and in violation of Connecticut statutory law in order to pass Senate Bill 1160, a package of strict gun control regulations.

The suit further alleges that enactment of the new law violates fundamental due process rights guaranteed by both the Connecticut and United States Constitutions. NSSF is asking the court to declare the law invalid and issue an injunction prohibiting its enforcement.

"A 139-page bill was assembled behind closed doors, bypassing both the public hearing and committee processes, and quickly sent to floor votes on the same day in both the House and Senate where legislators did not have adequate time to even read the bill. The governor then signed the package into law the next day. All of this is in violation of guarantees citizens are supposed to have under Connecticut State Statutes and protections in our State and U.S. Constitutions for which our forefathers fought," said Lawrence G. Keane, senior vice president and general counsel, NSSF. "Our suit focuses on this abuse of process that has resulted in enacted law that does nothing to improve public safety, while resulting in adverse effects on law-abiding citizens, manufacturers, retailers and sportsmen's organizations."


The Filing can be accessed here NSSFComplaint-FILED_070813.pdf

July 8, 2013

Gun Trusts and Marijuana and Firearm Ownership, Use, and Possession

About two years ago we reported on a potential problem that exists because of a conflict between state and federal law and how this can cause problems with a Gun Trust that is not properly drafted.

Now the BATFE has issued an open letter to FFLs that users of medical marijuana are to be excluded from possessing or owning firearms or ammunition. BATFE cites the Gun Control Act of 1968 as authority for this order, which states that it shall be unlawful to sell or otherwise dispose of any firearm to any person knowing or having reasonable suspicion to believe that such a person is an unlawful user of or addicted to any controlled substance.

As of July 2013, eighteen states have legalized the use of marijuana in some form. Another 6 have pending legislation. Of those eighteen states, sixteen have legalized marijuana usage for medicinal purposes, while Colorado and Washington have also legalized the drug for recreational use. It is important to realize that while these states have passed their own marijuana laws, the possession, use, and distribution of marijuana is still illegal under federal law, which trumps the state laws. The Controlled Substances Act, enacted into law in 1970, categorizes marijuana as a Schedule I controlled substances. So although some states say it is "legal" to use marijuana, under the Gun Control Act, marijuana users are considered "prohibited persons" to whom the sale of firearms and ammunition is illegal.

The list of arguments against this mandate is endless, as you can imagine. Opponents find it unprecedented that receiving a medical marijuana license to help with a patient's glaucoma can give the government the right to take away the patient's Second Amendment right.

Those with Gun Trusts should be very careful not to allow individuals who use marijuana to be in possession, or control of firearms or ammunition as this could subject the individual to 10 years in prison. This is only one of the many reason why a normal trust which would not prohibit such actions of beneficiaries should not be used for firearms. If you have a regular Trust or one that does not have specific and detailed directions for the ownership, transfer and possession of firearms, contact us to find out about amending your trust to include language to protect your family and friends from inadvertent criminal liability.

July 4, 2013

ATF Form 5320.1 - How to fill out for multiple caliber barrels: Updated

If you want to use multiple caliber barrels on a SBR or SBS there here are some guidelines that will help you fill out your ATF Form 1, which are also found on our updated How to fill out a Form 1 for a Trust Page.

4c should contain the caliber or gage of the firearm. Only one is acceptable. ( Multi is not acceptable, you can only list one, if you have additional calibers you want to list you should attach additional configurations in a letter attached to your Form 1 stating the caliber, barrel length, and overall length as related to the firearm listed on the Form 1.) Previously ATF accepted them by being listed in 4h on the Form 1 but no longer accepts this.)

Please note if you want to use a barrel that would not be classified as a SBR or SBS, the ATF has written that the temporary change is permitted and allows one to travel interstate without an ATF 5320.20 as long as the short barrel is left in your home state. You could also travel with the receiver alone as long as the short barrel was left in your home state.

In the same corespondence ATF states that as long as you still own the short barrel, the receiver is still conssidered an SBR.

You may remove the SBR or SBS from the NFA registry only if you no longer have the short barrel. If you remove the SBR or SBS from the NFA registry and wanted to make it an SBR or SBS at a later date you would have to purchase a new tax stamp.

On one hand the ATF states that as long as you have a short barrel it is still an SBR or SBS but then state that if you want to travel across state lines, it will not be require the ATF 5320.20 preapproval that is required for a SBR or SBS as long as you leave the short barrel in your home state. This seems like an area where the ATF may change their interpreation in the future so you might play it safe and always get an ATF 5320.20 prior to crossing state lines with receiver that is a SBR or SBS.

Either way, you may want to download a copy of this ATF Letter and keep it with you or available to support your position if it is ever needed.

ATF Letter on Transport a Title II as a Title 1 across state lines.pdf

July 4, 2013

Gun Trusts in Connecticut still an option but time may be limited

As the deadline for registering your firearms in Connecticut approaches, most people will not have an opportunity to transfer their firearms into a Gun Trust because the law which was passed back in April took effect immediately. All hope is not lost as there are a few solutions still available for those with and without Gun or NFA Trusts.

For those who created Gun Trusts prior to April 4, 2013 and transferred all of their firearms into the trust, there is still an opportunity to change your trust in such a way as to provide multi-generational ownership for the firearms.

For those who did not create a Gun Trust and transfer their firearms into the trust prior to April 4th, there are two ways to create and protect your firearms in a Gun Trust.

  1. You can create and fund your Gun Trust with non prohibited assets. Then upon your death, the assets which are prohibited to transfer (most firearms) can be transferred into your trust through a valid will.

  2. For those who had a Gun Trust but did not transfer their regular firearms into the trust prior to April 4th, they can still modify the trust and eventually by use of a will, like in the solution above, the firearms which cannot be transferred during their life, can be transferred to the Gun Trust upon their death.

  3. For those who have a regular trust that was created and signed prior to 4/4/13, your lawyer probably inadvertently transferred your firearms into your trust using a general assignment. Normally this would be a problem as your regular trust could instruct your family or friends to break the law upon your death or incapacity. This mistake, creates an interesting opportunity for those with regular trusts. Your regular trust could be converted into a Gun Trust or Multi Generational Asset Protection Gun Trust and then a new trust could be created for your non firearms related assets. If you choose this option your time is limited because of the registration requirement at the end of this year.

Even if you do not have a trust at this point, there are opportunities to protect firearms in CT. Contact us to discuss your situation and we will work with a lawyer in CT who is familiar with CT's gun laws to provide a solution that makes sense from a federal and state perspective.

July 1, 2013

Transferring firearms to a Gun Trust without Criminal Sanctions

As more lawyers begin to dabble with Gun Trusts we are seeing many who do not understand firearms and their unique nature which can often involve criminal penalties related to the improper transfer, possession, and use related to firearms or ammunition.

While it is fine to transfer a pair or sox, coins, most personal property to your trust without doing anything other than assigning it, the transfer of restricted items like firearms or ammunition is a different matter. If you can sell a gun to an individual in your state without going through a dealer you should be able to transfer a firearm to your trust without going through dealer. This is the case in most states.

In a few states like California, Colorado, Connecticut, DC, Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania where all personal transfers of some or all firearms must go through a background check, there may be no exception for transferring a firearm to a trust even if it is your own trust. Sure an argument could be made that there is no transfer and as such you should not have to go through a dealer, but why would one take the risk.

Several lawyers in California have recently been having discussions over such a topic. They even suggest that a transfer to a joint trust could be problematic because there are multiple owners. While a Gun Trust with multiple owners can be problematic, it is not for this reason.

In order to be valid, a Gun Trust must be funded, which involves transferring some property into the trust. The discussion between several California lawyers introduces an interesting question: Would it violate the California statute if you owned a firearm separately from you spouse, and then tried to transfer the firearm into a trust that named your spouse as a co-trustee or co-settlor?

While several of the lawyers point out, certain transfers are exempt under the statute. The exempt transfers in California include transfers between members of the same immediate family, including spouses. The transfer of a grantor's property to himself, as trustee of his own trust, is not considered a transfer. So, a couple that jointly owns a firearm, and transfers that firearm into a trust that names both parties as co-settlors, would not really be a "transfer." This is really just a declaration of trust.

On the other hand, as the discussion continues, a firearm owned separately by one spouse would have to be transmuted to community property before it could be transferred to a trust with co-settlors in order to comply with the statute.

While California may have such exemptions involving trusts it is not clear how they apply to firearms or if the legislative intent of the laws may change the interpretation of transfers to a trust when dealing with the transfer of firearms. This is why in jurisdictions where private transfers are required to go through a dealer, we always recommend doing so in order to comply with governing statutes. It is better to be safe than sorry.

One exception might be where someone owned a pre ban firearm as an individual and wants to put the pre ban firearm in their trust to maintain ownership and possession where it would not otherwise be permitted. This situation might justify the expense necessary for a proper determination on the subject. For most people, the relatively minor cost of using a dealer to transfer a firearm makes the decision easy.

Additionally experienced Gun Trust Lawyers® know that firearms rights are very important to our clients. They do not want others who may be involved with the trust to be able to take away the firearms or their ability to use them. It is for this reason that we draft our trusts with special powers for the Settlor. It is foreseeable that a multi-settlor trust could create a conflict of interest amongst your clients.

While we have stated many times that any valid trust can purchase or own firearms, it is issues like these that make it clear that a regular trust should not be used to purchase Title I or Title II firearms. If you are married, or live in a state that have many restrictions on firearms, legal support by a local Gun Trust Lawyer® is important. You will also find that the experience of the lawyer in dealing with Gun Trusts is important.

We have been drafting Gun Trusts for 6 years and have drafted over 5000 Gun Trusts across the United States. If you would like more information on a Gun Trust in your state, just fill out the contact us form on this website and we will send a free report on Gun Trusts.

June 10, 2013

Gun Trusts and Colorado's Large-Capacity Magazine Ban

In response to House Bill 13-1224 which prohibits the sale, transfer, and possession of "large-capacity ammunition magazines" John Suthers, Colorado's Attorney General, prepared a letter to Executive Director Davis at the Department of Public Safety. This letter does not discuss the issue of a person compared to a trust or other business entity that owns the magazines prior to 7/1/2013. It is still recommended that you use our special magazine assignment for Colorado to deal with the possibility that a trust may not be considered a "person" under the new statute. This conditional assignment becomes void if a trust is later determined not to be a proper owner under the law.

To read the text of the letter please continue reading this article.

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May 29, 2013

Where can I hunt with Suppressors (Silencers): Updated List:

Thumbnail image for 50calsilencer.jpgWhile in some states, it is illegal to hunt with a Silencer, in the following states it is legal to hunt with a suppressor (often referred to as a "silencer").

In states where hunting with suppressors have been legalized, we have seen substantial increases in the sales of suppressors and the wait times for approval from the ATF has also increased. Many states that have legalized suppressors still have CLEOs who refuse to sign for individuals to purchase them. A NFA Gun Trust or a more flexible Gun trust can not only avoid the CLEO signature requirement in most states but can also provide many benefits to firearms owners and their families. To learn about the benefits please fill out the contact us form at the top of this page and request information on what a gun trust is and how they may benefit you.

Remember these laws change frequently, so please verify this with your state prior to hunting with a suppressor.

Alabama (as of 5/3/14)
Alaska
Arizona
Arkansas
Colorado
Georgia (as of 7/1/2014)
Idaho
Kansas
Kentucky
Maryland
Mississippi
Missouri
Nebraska
Nevada
New Mexico
North Carolina as of 10/1/2013
North Dakota
Oregon
Oklahoma as of 11/1/2012
Pennsylvania
South Carolina
South Dakota
Tennessee
Texas
Utah
Virginia
Washington
West Virginia
Wisconsin
Wyoming (as of 7/1/2013)

Many state restricted the use of suppressors in regards to anti poaching regulations. Some other states like Montana allow the use of Silencers for Varmint but not hunting. If you know of other states where it is legal to hunt with a silencer please let us know.

Disclaimer: This document represents a collection of published law and research on the topic of hunting with suppressors and regulations about the same. It should not be viewed as legal advise as these laws change frequently and the document you are looking at may not be up to date or an accurate representation of the laws at the time you read it. You should check with your Gun Trust Lawyer prior to hunting in any state with a suppressor as there may be other requirement and permits necessary to hunt with a suppressor in a state.

Updated 5/7/14

May 9, 2013

Gun Trust can be used to purchase Multi-Caliber Suppressors in most states.

New Silencer - SWR: Specwar 762; Multi-caliber Sound Test.

A Gun Trust can be used to purchase suppressors in most states like the Specwar 762 from SWR. The multi-caiiber suppressor had sound suppression to the 135-131 db range when looking at 10 shot averages. Most suppressors try to obtain results less than 140 db to create a hearing safe level.

May 2, 2013

Major Provisions of the National Firearms Act (NFA)

Tomorrow Sarah Gervase, with the NRA is presenting a summary of the major provisions of the NFA just before my presentation of the use of Gun Trusts as we provide many lawyers with information on Gun Trusts I wanted to highlight some of the major points of her talk with some exerts from her paper.

This presentation will focus mostly on individual buyers and transferors, as many of those in attendance at the Firearms Law Seminar have more personal interest in and interaction with individuals who collect or own these arms for their own enjoyment. There will be some basic information for dealers, manufacturers, and importers, however, and a future Seminar presentation can focus on those areas if there is sufficient interest. In the meantime, readers of these materials who need more in-depth information for dealers, manufacturers, and importers are encouraged to review ATF's website at http://www.atf.gov for the latest relevant requirements.

A quick note about holding a client's property. Be very careful about holding any firearms owned by a client or about accepting firearms as payment for services. Here's a horror story. An attorney represented a man accused of bank robbery. The attorney took possession of the allegedly stolen money and a sawed-off shotgun. That attorney was suspended from the practice of law for 18 months for possessing a short-barreled shotgun used in a bank robbery. It was unprofessional conduct to take the fruits and instrumentalities of the crime. In re Richard R. Ryder, 381 F.2d 713 (4th Cir. 1967).

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