Arsenal Attorneys is a nationwide law practice with offices in Fairfax, Virginia near Washington, DC and in Rocklin, California near Sacramento. We serve large and small clients, often remotely. Depending on the client's location, our services include estate planning, civil litigation, criminal defense, business law, landlord-tenant disputes, real estate, and firearms regulations. Our team of attorneys is licensed to serve clients in over 30 states. Contact us today to discuss your goals.
Our friends at the The Truth About Guns ('TTAG') report their sources at ATF confirmed funding has been secured for a new and improved ATF eFile system. After first launching eFile in August 2013, thousands of applicants have received tax stamps for firearms regulated under Title 2 of the National Firearms Act ('NFA'), such as silencers, short-barreled rifles and shotguns, and machine guns. What's more, the eFile system has processed these tax stamps in as little as 1/4 of the time currently required to complete the process by mail; however there have been glitches. Common complaints have include: (1) eFile is finicky about internet browsers, (2) it has narrow capacity, and (3) is subject to failures caused when submissions are made in batches.
TTAG reports ATF will be consulting industry members in their redesign of the eFile system. Further, ATF will be ordering gun dealers to refrain from batching their submissions to eFile.
We are very encouraged by the ability and willingness of ATF to secure funding for eFile. Presumably it's based on the fact the $200 tax stamps for NFA firearms generate substantial revenue. Unfortunately, rumors persist to the detriment of prospective NFA firearms owners. Some believe eFile does not work, and many are unaware it exists at all. Others believe the regulations concerning NFA firearms and trusts will soon change. In fact, no concrete changes to the NFA regulations have been announced or finalized. Instead, ATF eFile represents a significant improvement of the NFA tax stamp process. That said, eFile is only available to NFA applications made by legal entities, such as the Arsenal Gun Trust.
To learn more about NFA firearms, ATF eFile, and the Arsenal Gun Trust, contact Arsenal Attorneys.
Michigan Governor Rick Snyder has signed into law a reform legalizing short barreled rifles (SBR) and short barreled shotguns (SBS). Not long ago, the Great Lake State also legalized silencers. Thus, Michiganders (Michiganians to some) may register the full range of firearms regulated under federal law by Title 2 of the National Firearms Act (NFA), including fully automatic firearms--so long as these firearms comply with federal regulations.
When registering NFA firearms, Michigan residents may use an Arsenal Gun Trust by Arsenal Attorneys. This way, the registration of the NFA firearms with BATFE can be completed without fingerprinting, mug shots, or sign off by local police. Additionally, by using a legal entity like the Arsenal Gun Trust, Michigan residents may take advantage of ATF eFile. This relatively new system processes NFA tax stamps and registrations in as little as 1/4 of the normal time. Otherwise, tax stamps for NFA registrations made by an individual person could take as long as 12-14 months.
The Arsenal Gun Trust offers the added benefit of enabling the client to permit legal possesion of their NFA firearms by others they have named in his Arsenal Gun Trust.
Arsenal Attorneys' Managing Attorney, Matthew Bergstrom (MSU '94, Indiana U Law '97), is a Michigan native, and he serves Michigan residents together with the firm's in house Michigan-licensed attorney. Each Michigan client receives a personal consultation on the use of their Arsenal Gun Trust for NFA firearms. Then our attorneys prepare all the documents ready for the client's signature and immediate use. Each client receives an extensive document package designed to help the client's loved ones comply with the law when they inherit the firearms in the trust.
Arsenal Attorneys is ready to help rehabilitated felons convicted under state law seek the restoration of their rights in Virginia.
Contact us to learn more about the possibility of regaining your right to possess a firearm.
Since Friday, April 4, the ATF eFile website has been undergoing maintenance. ATF continues to accept paperwork for NFA firearms submitted in hard copy by mail. Previously ATF shutdown the eFile site for brief maintenance work on numerous occasions; however we expect the current maintenence will be more extensive. After six months' experience, several issues have been identified with the design of the eFile system that need fixing. Reportedly ATF has already allocated funds for this purposes, and they are consulting the firearms industry to determine the best configuation for eFile system going forward. While eFile had glitches, it did enable thousands of applicants to obtain tax stamps for NFA firearms in as little as 90-120 days. Allegedly the ATF has a goal of accomplishing even faster turnaround times with eFile, which would presumably be possible once the glitches are removed. Until then, we encourage clients to submit their NFA paperwork by mail now rather than waiting for eFile.
Arsenal Attorneys offers a specially tailored solution for firearms instructors. Our Firearms Instructor's Startup Package (FISP) includes the documents you'll need to create a limited liability corporation (LLC) as well as the various legal documents you'll need to protect yourself as you train students. Additionally the FISP includes documents for your training personnel and for your marketing activities.
We designed the FISP based on our own experirence as firearms instructors and in light of the special legal concerns with firearms training.
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The State Washington continued the nationwide trend toward permitting ownership of firearms regulated under the National Firearms Act (NFA). On April 2, 2014 the governor of Washington signed into law a change in state law permitting the state's residents to 'possess, transport, acquire and transfer' short-barreled rifles (SBR). This legislation passed both houses of the state legislature in nearly unanimous votes in support. You can read the text of the law here.
In recent weeks, Michigan also legalized SBRs. Silencers are legal in the overwhelming majority of states, and many of those states are expanding those rights by lifting bans on hunting with a silencer. Thus, hunters may avoid hearing damage and noise complaints.
These developments are just the lastest examples of the significant progress on the state level to expand rights to own NFA firearms. Many states are debating legislation to require chief law enforcement officers (CLEOs) to provide some sort of written response when a person requests their signature for the ATF forms required for NFA firearms. Arsenal Attorneys' own Matthew Bergstrom testified before the Virginia Senate in January of this year in support of such legislation. Despite gun control rhetoric on the national level, the states reflect the reality on the ground. NFA rights are expanding and ownership of these firearms is increasing.
Contact Arsenal Attorneys to learn how we can help you own NFA firearms and protect the rest of your gun collection with our Arsenal Gun Trust--availabe in most states.
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