Depending on jurisdiction, a gun trust may eliminate certain NFA item pre-purchase requirements, including, for now, written approval from a local CLEO and submission of buyer photographs and fingerprints.
Utah-based firearm-suppressor manufacturer SilencerCo announced the debut of its EasyTrust service, which creates a legally valid gun trust for $129.99.
According to the company, the online service removes several steps in the process of purchasing silencers and other items regulated by the National Firearms Act (NFA), while also protecting the rights of individuals, families and groups to own, transfer and possess NFA-regulated firearms.
SilencerCo says the EasyTrust has been prepared by qualified legal counsel and is valid in all 50 states. Among the benefits of a gun trust is the elimination of certain NFA item pre-purchase requirements, including, for now, written approval from a local chief law enforcement officer and submission of buyer photographs and fingerprints.
“Since we entered the sound suppression business a few years ago, we have constantly looked for ways to provide products and services that make more people aware you can buy silencers, and that make the purchasing process easier,” said SilencerCo CEO Joshua Waldron.
“With EasyTrust, we offer an affordable 50-state-legal solution proven to work for NFA purposes, while helping to minimize the burden on the purchaser of our products.”
A properly prepared gun trust has significant advantages for gun owners. It enables the use of NFA-regulated firearms among family members and trust members, protects against potential future regulatory restrictions, and provides for the orderly transition of ownership upon death.
It also protects future generations against prosecution or seizure, should ownership pass to family members inadvertently or without full knowledge of legal requirements.
To get a look at the process, log on to the SilencerCo EasyTrust web page. If you decide to go forward, the completed trust and supporting documentation—how to make the trust legal in the chosen state—will then be sent via email as a PDF.
Ratification of the form varies in complexity from state to state, ranging between a simple notarized signature to registration at the Grantor’s respective courthouse. NFA item mandates still apply, including a $200 federal tax stamp, paperwork processing period and possible background check.
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