Today we received further proof of the continuing success of ATF eFile, the new, faster online processing system for tax stamps (approvals for the transfer or manufacture for firearms regulated under the National Firearms Act, e.g. silencers, short barrel rifles and machine guns). Two stamps issued today came 91 days from the date of submission--if you subtract the government shutdown, federal holidays, and the extraordinary number of snow days this winter.

While some people struggle to upload their NFA forms in the first place, once they are submitted, the system is working. It represents a giant improvement in the process for NFA firearms; however there is a catch. You may only use ATF eFile is you're using a legal entity like the Arsenal Gun Trust.

Besides the access to ATF eFile, the Arsenal Gun Trust enables you to skip red tape (fingerprints, mugshot, police sign off), permit possession by others, and create an estate plan for your entire gun collection (in most states). 

Arsenal Attorneys offers the Arsenal Gun Trust in 36 states. Contact us today to learn more.

Do you have one of those do-it-youself trusts?  Perhaps your gun dealer (unlawfully) prepared a trust for you. Or does your attorney ignore your calls when you have questions about the supposed 'gun trust' he sold you?

Many gun owners in these situations contact Arsenal Attorneys for help. We can review, amend, and upgrade your trust to become like one of our Arsenal Gun Trusts. Consequently it could be possible to coninue using your same trust. Thus you'd avoid the need to refile for new tax stamps, and there'd be no need to transfer your silencers, short barrel rifles or machine guns to a new trust.

Not all so-called 'gun trusts' are the same. Some are simply ordinary revocable trusts with no particular attention to the issues unique to firearms and the National Firearms Act (NFA). Even the many specialized gun trusts offered to the public lack crucial security and privacy features we believe are absolutely necessary in today's political climate.

Our Arsenal Gun Trust, tailored for your situation and state, emphasizes privacy, ease of use, and the safety of you and your loved ones who may one day possess or inherit your firearms. 

To learn more about our Arsenal Gun Trust services, contact Arsenal Attorneys to request our information packet.

Arsenal Attorneys' Managing Attorney, Matthew Bergstrom, wrote the below column concerning the trial of Oscar Pistorius for 'The Truth About Guns' blog.

Lessons from South Africa: The Blade-Runner’s Self-Defense Claim

By Matthew J. Bergstrom, Esq.

Despite its location in South Africa, another high profile shooting offers lessons for US gun owners. International Athlete, Oscar Pistorius, stands accused of murdering his girlfriend on Valentine’s Day 2013, and now we’ve had the opportunity to see his case presented in a South African courtroom this week. Pistorius, known as the “the Blade Runner—the fastest man with no legs,” claims he thought he was shooting an intruder in self-defense inside a bathroom in his home . . .

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.

The full text of the Michigan law can be read here.

Contact us today to request our information package and schedule a personal consultation. 

 

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.  

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