By Steve Hall
USA –-(Ammoland.com)- Did you know that as a civilian, depending on the county and state where you live, you can legally own a machinegun or suppressor?
Perhaps you do know this but you don’t know the process. To those who are committed to NFA firearm ownership, the process is not as daunting as some might think. All that is required is a good deal of money and patience.
Your first question might be what is NFA?
NFA is the National Firearms Act which put restrictions on civilian ownership of machine guns, short-barreled rifles, and suppressors. The law originally went into effect in 1934 and was revised in 1968. To own a firearm defined by NFA, a civilian must apply for the right to own the firearm through the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms and pay $200 for a tax stamp which will allow the firearm to be transferred from one owner to another.
There is an upside and downside to having the ability to own a machine gun or suppressor as a civilian. The upside is you have the ability as a citizen to own a machine gun or suppressor. The downside is you will have to fork over a HUGE amount of money to buy the MP5 like the one Bruce Willis uses to kill the terrorists in Die Hard.
Also, you are going to have to settle for something that was manufactured prior to May 19, 1986 (short-barreled rifles and suppressors excluded).
Additionally, you will need to check local laws to learn if you can legally own a NFA item in your area, pay the ATF the $200 transfer tax, fill out paperwork, have a local chief law enforcement officer sign off on the idea of you owning an NFA item, submit fingerprints and passport photos, and sit and wait for up to six months for the ATF to process the paperwork. Tap, tap, tap.
Or, you can simplify the process and assign your NFA firearms and suppressors to a living trust. This will allow you to skip the hassles of getting local law enforcement approval and fingerprints. See guntrustlawyer.com for details about creating a trust.
Another benefit of having a trust is you will have the ability to assign trustees who can use, possess, and transport your NFA goods. Depending on your state, you may also have the ability to conceal carry your machine pistol with a CCW permit. Check your local laws for details.
To create your gun trust you will need to work with a lawyer. Don’t try to do this with some at-home software like Quicken. It is important you use someone who knows the law well. When I had my trust created, I hired the Gun Trust Lawyer David Goldman. I suggest you use him or someone equally knowledgeable. Having a lawyer will give you a resource every time you have a question. And trust me; you will have questions along the way.
Steve Hall is a gun enthusiast and freelance author for PX Supply and contributor to the blog saltnprepper. He bought his first assault rifle when he was 18 years old and hasn’t stopped since. Steve is also the proud owner of six NFA firearms.