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Why do I should I have a purpose-built Maryland, Florida, & Virginia, (or any other state) gun (NFA) trust?
Is your trust a simple form that I see offered on the internet?
No. As attorneys admitted to the Florida, Maryland, Virginia, & DC bars, the NFA gun trust is detailed and addresses NFA ownership. My gun trust is not simply a mechanism to purchase a NFA firearm; it is also an important part of your estate planning. You should treat my gun trust as you would a traditional will.
Do you review existing gun trusts obtained from other sources?
Yes, I will review an existing gun trust you obtained from another source and offer my opinion, after finding out your goals for the trust, as to whether or not it will meet your needs.
Should I address regular firearms (rifles, shotguns, pistols) with a separate, non-NFA gun trust?
In my opinion, yes. There are numerous legal issues that need to be addressed when you transfer a firearm. For example, you need to make sure that whoever will inherit one of your firearms may legally do so. Are the people charged with distributing the firearms in your estate knowledgeable about the federal and state laws they must follow?
Will a gun trust reduce my wait time for the BATF tax stamp?
Currently, it the ATF is processing gun trusts filed through eForms in about 8-12 weeks instead of the normal individual wait time of 9-12 months. A gun trust not only ensures the proper ownership and disposition of your firearms upon death or incapacitation, it also enables you to have the NFA item approved significantly faster.
What NFA firearms may I own in Florida, Maryland & Virginia?
Florida, Maryland & Virginia law allows for the ownership of suppressors (also known as silencers), short barreled rifles, short barreled shotguns, machine guns, destructive devices, and Any Other Weapon. In addition to the federal requirements for ownership, Florida, Maryland and Virginia have state requirements that must also be adhered to. A gun trust can help ensure you have a robust estate plan.
How do I fill out a BATF Form 4 for a Maryland Gun Trust?
For instructions on how to fill out a BATF Form 4 (5320.4) for a Maryland Gun Trust, please clickhere.
How do I fill out a BATF Form 1 for a Maryland Gun Trust?
For instructions on how to fill out a BATF Form 1 (5320.1) for a Maryland Gun Trust, please clickhere.
Does the BATFE require an NFA Gun Trust for NFA firearm ownership?
NO! It is not required. You an purchase an NFA Firearm and register it in your own name. You will just have to follow the normal process with the CLEO signature, photo, fingerprints, and longer processing time. You also will not have the benefit of an estate planning tool when you die (sorry, that's going to happen) or if you become incapacitated.
Do Beneficiaries have to pay the $200 tax stamp when they inherit my NFA firearms?
No, that BATFE considers that an involuntary transfer thus the Beneficiaries do not have to pay the $200 tax stamp again. They will either transfer the NFA firearm in their name or they will need to establish their own NFA gun trust.