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August 22, 2008

Pennsylvania (PA) What NFA Firearms can I own? UPDATED

Pennsylvania NFA Class 3 firearms
There are several type of Class 3 items that are restricted by the National Firearms Act.

Each state can impose additional restrictions on the sale, purchase, and transfer of class 3 firearms in addition to the compliance that is required with the national Firearms Act.

In Pennsylvania you can own the following items that are regulated the the National Firearms Act

Machine Guns
Silencers
Any Other Weapon (AOW)
Destructive Devices (DD) (except bombs)
Short Barreled Shotguns (SBS)
Short Barreled Rifles (SBR)
In Pennsylvania you cannot own the following NFA restricted items.
None but all Bombs are prohibited as Offensive Weapons

Follow this link to find out more about Pennsylvania and NFA restrictions on Class 3 Firearms

August 12, 2008

NFA Firearms and Criminal Penalties

Violations of the NFA are punishable by 10 years in prison, forfeiture of all devices or firearms in violation, and the individuals right to own or possess additional firearms in the future.  In addition, there is a penalty of $10,000 for each of certain violations.

In addition, a willful attempt to evade or defeat a tax imposed by the National Firearms Act is also a felony which is punishable by up to 5 years in Jail and a $100,000 fine under the tax evasion statutes.  This penalty could be increased to $250,000 for individuals and $500,000 for corporations.

This means you could be looking at a maximum of 15 years in Jail and $510,000 in penalties for a violation.   Many violations can be avoided by proper ownership and knowing who can be in possession and use the Title 2 firearms which are restricted under the NFA.

There may be additional state penalties in addition to the federal one mentioned above.  A properly constructed NFA trust is the best way to own these items and permits the best flexibility as to possession and use.  Although a Revocable trust can provide benefits many individuals create invalid trusts or trusts that do not address the specific issues that relate to NFA weapons ownership and subject themselves to potential violations. 

To create a Valid NFA Firearms Trust that addresses your specific family situation, please CONTACT A NFA lawyer.
August 10, 2008

NFA Wepons and Crime

While the public perceives NFA weapons as dangerous Guncite.com reports that there have only been two murders since 1934 involving legally registered Machine Guns and one of those was by a police officer.
June 23, 2008

Washington (WA) What NFA Firearms can I own? Updated

Washington NFA Class 3 firearms
There are several type of Class 3 items that are restricted by the National Firearms Act.

Each state can impose additional restrictions on the sale, purchase, and transfer of class 3 firearms in addition to the compliance that is required with the national Firearms Act.

In Washington you can own the following items that are regulated the the National Firearms Act

Silencers
Any Other Weapon (AOW)
Destructive Devices (DD)
In Washington you cannot own the following NFA restricted items.

Machine Guns*
Short Barreled Shotguns (SBS)*
Short Barreled Rifles (SBR)*

NOTE:* Not legal to own or possess parts that can make these firearms unless these items were legally acquired prior to July 1, 1994 and be in compliance with federal law or machine Gun, Short Barreled Shotgun, or Short Barreled Rifle but be possessed by by peace officer for official duty, armed forces, or person in compliance with NFA who has undergone Fingerprint and background check who in engaged in the production , manufacture, repair, or testing of Machine guns, SBR, or SBS

Follow this link to find out more about Washington and NFA restrictions on Class 3 Firearms

Note: Although you can own a silencer, it may not be used on a gun. Also for other class 3 items a state license is required in addition to the requirements under the NFA

June 5, 2008

Arkansas (AR) What NFA Firearms can I own?

Oregon NFA Class 3 firearms

There are several type of Class 3 items that are restricted by the National Firearms Act.

Each state can impose additional restrictions on the sale, purchase, and transfer of class 3 firearms in addition to the compliance that is required with the national Firearms Act.

In Arkansas you can own the following items that are regulated the the National Firearms Act

Machine Guns
Silencers
Any Other Weapon (AOW)
Destructive Devices (DD)
Short Barreled Shotguns (SBS)
Short Barreled Rifles (SBR)
In Arkansas you cannot own the following NFA restricted items.
None

Follow this link to find out more about Arkansas and NFA restrictions on Class 3 Firearms

May 28, 2008

NFA Trust and Purchase of Class 3 Items

If you live in a city in where the Chief law Enforcement Officer (CLEO) will not or easily sign a Form 4, there are several solutions. Gun Trust, NFA Trust, Jacksonville Gun Lawyer, Florida NFA trust, Class 3 Trust
Class 3 Weapons include suppressors, , short barrel rifles, machine guns, and other destructive devices.

The most common solution is to create a NFA revocable trust to hold title to the firearm or class 3 items. A NFA Gun Trust, Class 3 Firearms Trust, Florida Limited Liability Company, or Florida Corporation is a legal entity established under state law.

For NFA purposes many individuals prefer the a Revocable Trust over a corporation or LLC because the cost is far less on an ongoing basis. Business entities typically have state filing fees of around $150 a year. In addition there are the costs of tax preparation, compliance and filings with the IRS. In Florida and many other states Revocable Trusts like the NFA or Firearms trust do not require any disclosure or public filings. This means the ownership, control, and management is private. Although most Florida Revocable or Living Trusts can hold firearms or other class 3 items, many are not properly setup to deal with the issues involving firearms and other items which are regulated by the National Firearms Act (NFA). If the NFA is violated, the people in possession, and who transferred the items are subject to criminal charges, substantial fines, and forfeiture of not only the class 3 items in question but all firearms in the possession or ownership. ($250,000 penalty, 10 years in prison, and forfeiture of items) The gun or firearms trust must give the Trustee instructions and special powers so that they can legally manage for unplanned events. Weapons and other assets in a Firearms Trust can not be distributed like other assets upon the death or incapacity of the person who placed the items in the trust(The Grantor or Settlor). There are many advantages to a firearms trust, if you own or plan to purchase a class 3 items you should contact a lawyer who is familiar with these issues and can design a trust to protect you and your family from liability. If you are in Florida you can contact me and if you are in another state I would be happy to get you in touch with a lawyer in your state who can provide information on NFA Gun Trusts.
May 22, 2008

What can happen to someone who has an NFA firearm which is not registered to him?

Violators may be fined up to $250,000, and imprisoned up to 10 years, or both.

In addition, any vessel, vehicle or aircraft used to transport, conceal or possess an unregistered NFA firearm is subject to seizure and forfeiture, as is the weapon itself.
May 21, 2008

What about my unregistered NFA Firearms?

An individual, business, or NFA Firearms trust may not register an unregistered NFA firearm.  Only a manufacture, maker, and importer can register a firearm.

Possession of an unregistered NFA firearms is a crime.  The ATF states that if you are in possession of a contraband firearm, you should contact the nearest ATF office to arrange for its disposition.

WARNING - although this is the advise of the AFT, they also state that mere possession is unlawful
May 9, 2008

National Firearms Act Class 3 Information

This blog is dedicated to providing information to help residents of every state understand the current laws and regulations related to the purchase, sale, possession, and transportation of Guns and other weapons regulated by the NFA. In addition, we will attempt to put you in contact with a lawyer in your state who can help in the purchase, manufacture, possession, or transfer of Silencer, Short-Barreled Rifle, Short Barreled Shotgun, Machine Gun, Destructive Device, or Any Other Weapon regulated by the NFA.

If you are a lawyer in and interested in helping clients in your state preserve their rights to purchase class 3 items please contact us.

If you are interested in a NFA Trust to purchase Class 3 items and would like to find someone to help in the preparation of a Gun Trust you should contact a NFA Gun Trust Lawyer®.

May 8, 2008

Alabama (Al) What NFA Firearms can I own?

NFA Class 3 firearms
There are several type of Class 3 items that are restricted by the National Firearms Act.

Each state can impose additional restrictions on the sale, purchase, and transfer of class 3 firearms in addition to the compliance that is required with the national Firearms Act.

In Alabama you can own the following items that are regulated the the National Firearms Act

Machine Guns
Silencers
Short Barreled Shotguns (SBS) (After 7/5/10)
Short Barreled Rifles (SBR) (After 7/5/10)
Any Other Weapon (AOW)
Destructive Devices (DD)
In Alabama you cannot own the following NFA restricted items.

Short Barreled Shotguns (SBS) (Before 7/5/10)
Short Barreled Rifles (SBR) (Before 7/5/10)

Follow this link to find out more about Alabama and NFA restrictions on Class 3 Firearms

Updated 4/22/2010 SBR/SBR made legal in Alabama under act 2010-496 effective (After 7/5/10)

May 7, 2008

Alaska (AK): What NFA Firearms can I own?

NFA Class 3 firearms
There are several type of Class 3 items that are restricted by the National Firearms Act.

Each state can impose additional restrictions on the sale, purchase, and transfer of class 3 firearms in addition to the compliance that is required with the national Firearms Act.

In Alaska you can own the following items that are regulated the the National Firearms Act

Machine Guns
Silencers
Any Other Weapon (AOW)
Destructive Devices (DD)
Short Barreled Shotguns (SBS)
Short Barreled Rifles (SBR)
In Alaska you cannot own the following NFA restricted items.
None

Follow this link to find out more about Alaska and NFA restrictions on Class 3 Firearms

May 6, 2008

Arizona (AZ) What NFA Firearms can I own?

NFA Class 3 firearms
There are several type of Class 3 items that are restricted by the National Firearms Act.

Each state can impose additional restrictions on the sale, purchase, and transfer of class 3 firearms in addition to the compliance that is required with the national Firearms Act.

In Arizona you can own the following items that are regulated the the National Firearms Act

Machine Guns
Silencers
Any Other Weapon (AOW)
Destructive Devices (DD)
Short Barreled Shotguns (SBS)
Short Barreled Rifles (SBR)
In Arizona you cannot own the following NFA restricted items.
None

Follow this link to find out more about Arizona and NFA restrictions on Class 3 Firearms

May 5, 2008

Colorado (CO) What NFA Firearms can I own?

Colorado NFA Class 3 firearms
There are several type of Class 3 items that are restricted by the National Firearms Act.

Each state can impose additional restrictions on the sale, purchase, and transfer of class 3 firearms in addition to the compliance that is required with the national Firearms Act.

In Colorado you can own the following items that are regulated the the National Firearms Act

Machine Guns
Silencers
Any Other Weapon (AOW)
Destructive Devices (DD)
Short Barreled Shotguns (SBS)
Short Barreled Rifles (SBR)
In Colorado you cannot own the following NFA restricted items.
None

Follow this link to find out more about Colorado and NFA restrictions on Class 3 Firearms

May 4, 2008

National Firearms Act - 26 U.S.C. Chapter 53

THE NATIONAL FIREARMS ACT
TITLE 26, UNITED STATES CODE, CHAPTER 53 INTERNAL REVENUE CODE

The National Firearms Act (NFA) is part of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986. All administration and enforcement of the Internal Revenue Code, with the exception of the NFA, is by the Secretary of the Treasury. The ATF administration and enforcement was transferred to the Department of Justice under the Homeland Security Act of 2002.

Teh Attorney General is now in charge of all administration and enforcement of the NFA, were transferred to the Attorney General. The definition in Section 7801(a)(2), Title 26, V.S.C., we changed to provide that references to the term "Secretary" or "Secretary of the Treasury" in the NFA shall mean the Attorney General.

Chapter 53 - Machine Guns, Destructive Devices and Certain other Firearms is broken in to several sections
sub-chapter A Taxes
Part I Special Occupational Taxes

§ 5801 Imposition of Tax
§ 5802 Registration of importers, manufactures, Dealers
Part II - Tax on transferring firearms
§ 5811 Transfer Tax
§ 5812 Transfers
Part III - Tax on making firearms
§ 5821 Making Tax
§ 5822 Making
sub-chapter B General Provisons and Exemptions
Part I - General Provisions
§ 5841 Registration of firearms.
§ 5842 Identification of firearms.
§ 5843 Records and returns.
§ 5844 Importation.
§ 5845 Definitions.
§ 5846 Other laws applicable.
§ 5847 Effect on other laws..
§ 5848 Restrictive use of information.
§ 5849 Citation of chapter.
Part II - Exemptions.
§ 5851 Special (occupational) taxes.
§ 5852 General transfer and making tax exemption.
§ 5853 Transfer and making tax exemption available to certain governmental entities.
§ 5854 Exportation of firearms exempt from transfer tax.
sub-chapter C - Prohibited Acts
§ 5861 Prohibited acts.
sub-chapter D- Penalties and Forfeitures
§ 5871 Penalties.
§ 5872 Forfeitures.
Download The National Firearms Act in PDF

May 4, 2008

Florida (FL) What NFA Firearms can I own?

Florida NFA Class 3 firearms
There are several type of Class 3 items that are restricted by the National Firearms Act.

Each state can impose additional restrictions on the sale, purchase, and transfer of class 3 firearms in addition to the compliance that is required with the national Firearms Act.

In Florida you can own the following items that are regulated the the National Firearms Act

Machine Guns
Silencers
Any Other Weapon (AOW)
Destructive Devices (DD)
Short Barreled Shotguns (SBS)
Short Barreled Rifles (SBR)
In Florida you cannot own the following NFA restricted items.
None

Follow this link to find out more about Florida and NFA restrictions on Class 3 Firearms