atf-logo.jpgThe New York Times is reporting that Nearly two years into his term, President Obama on Monday finally chose a director for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Mr. Obama will submit the name of Andrew Taver, the special agent in charge of the bureau’s Chicago field division, to the Senate for consideration.

Mr. Taver may face a confirmation fight as it will require Senate confirmation.

How many of you have taken your silencer out to show to someone. Did you know that even if it is not attached to a gun, a silencer is defined by federal law as a firearm. Many states also define it as a dangerous weapon like a taser or a knife.

In Florida and many states that have concealed weapons permits, it is illegal to show someone a firearm or weapon under certain circumstances. With this in mind, you should be careful to comply with your states concealed weapons laws when showing people your silencer. Many people do not realize they are legal and because of this it is possible that you could be reported for having one and charged with a crime.

While we know of know one who has actually been charged with this offense and feel that the likelihood is small, it does not make the act legal and you should be cautious.

Generally we are hearing that it is taking 3-5 months from the time you submit your ATF forms for approval. A local gun store Shooters of Jacksonville told me they have two agents assigned because of the number of transfers they do. They stated that this means that ATF Form 4 applications that they sent in are processed faster than at other locations. While I do not know if this is true, I can state, that a recent Form 4 I submitted through Shooters only took 75 days from the date I signed it, until receiving the approved Form 4.

If you want to check on the status of your Form 4 or Form 1, you will need your serial number and to contact ATF.

National Firearms Act Branch,
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives 244 Needy Road, Suite 1250 Martinsburg, WV 25404 Tel 304-616-4500

tsa.jpgLast week, I got an email and spoke to an individual (who was an attorney) who had been incorrectly advised by TSA that it was OK to carry a silencer on a plane. The problem occurred when he tried to follow TSA’s advise. A silencer is defined as a firearm and should not be taken in one’s carry on luggage. Luckily this individual was not charged with a crime and only ended up being inconvenienced and missing his flight.

After contacting the FBI, BATFE, and Dallas police (none of whom had a definitive answer) the Dallas police and DFW police said the suppressor should be turned over to TSA who eventually returned it to the owner.

Others have reported that TSA does not understand that Silencers are firearms and have not allowed them to put them in locked containers as other firearms.

Lately we have seen such odd denials from the ATF.

  1. A self created trust was denied because it did not contain an assignment sheet
  2. A trust was denied because it did contain an assignment sheet.
  3. A trust was approved and it did not contain an assignment sheet.

It appears that each agent has their own preferences and often it takes a call to the ATF to clarify what they are requesting and why. Many of the agents have no valid justification for the approval or denial.

We have also run across a list of some Alaska Class 3 dealers.

Arctic Arms 907-770-7502 Arctic Custom Services 907-376-0703 Arms and Equipment 907-479-4867 B&B Firearms 907-333-9461 R&M Sporting Goods 907-357-9711
If you are a Class 3 dealer or know of other Alaska Class 3 dealers let us know.

If you need help creating or want more information on what an Alaska NFA Trust or Alaska Gun Trust is, Contact Us for more information.

This years annual machine gun shoot was May 29-30 at Riverside Park Campground and Range in Anderson AK. The Alaska machine Gun Association’s website gives information on their machine gun shoots.

If you have checked on an Alaska NFA Gun Trust in the past and were unhappy about the price, we have some good news. We have a new attorney that we are working with ( not new to the practice of law, but new to our network) and he is offering some very competitive prices on the NFA trust ( as much as 1/2 off the previous lawyers pricing). If you are interested in an Alaska Gun Trust Contact Us to find out more and begin the process.

The dishonorable discharge is based on a general court-martial conviction. This means the conviction is a felony, regardless of what the underlying offense may have been. The convicted felon is banned from possessing a firearm including Title II Firearms (a Silencer, SBR, SBS, AOW, or Machine Gun).

A person who is convicted of a crime that is punishable by imprisonment for more than one year ( including a dishonorable discharge) is prohibited from possessing a firearm. Under 18 U.S.C. 922(g), a felon who is found guilty of gun possession may serve up to 10 years in prison.

If you have been convicted of a felony or a dishonorable discharge, be careful of constructive possession. You could be guilty of being in possession of a firearm if your spouse or another family or household member has a firearm that you “could” access.

Joshua Prince, a Pennsylvania Gun Trust Lawyer®, has an article on his blog talking about using us for Florida Gun Trusts. We also have a network of Gun Trust Lawyer®s in more than 43 states. Mr. Prince is a NFA Firearms owners and really understands the unique issues involved in PA Gun Trusts. If you need help in the state of Pennsylvania, Mr. Prince can provide a PA Gun Trust by email and telephone in a few days and we have heard nothing but praise over his trusts.

If you need help finding an attorney in your state, Contact Us and determine if a gun trust is appropriate for your needs. If so, we can draft the trust under the NFA rules and then have a local attorney or one licensed in your state review and make changes based on your state’s laws and requirements.

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