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19 July 2012

Arsenal Attorneys will exhibit at the Nation’s Gun Show in Chantilly, Virginia July 27-29. This is one of the biggest gun shows on the East Coast featuring a display from the nearby NFA Hqs Museum. It is said that if all the exhibitors’ tables from this show were in a straight line, it would extend over a mile a half.

This will be a great opportunity for you to ask us questions about the National Firearms Act (NFA), Class 3 gun dealers, BATFE applications (like ATF Form 1 and ATF Form 4), or estate planning for firearms.

A popular topic at the gun show concerns BATFE’s right to search. We can clear up much of the confusion on issues like this. BATFE has a right to enter the premises of a Class 3 gun dealer once a year during normal business hours; however this does not apply to owners of NFA firearms, including NFA gun trusts. If BATFE wanted to search your home because of your ownership of a silencer/suppressor, short barrel rifle or shotgun, or machine gun, they would need your permission or a warrant.

Of course the gun show is also a great opportunity for us to meet clients in person from the surrounding region, including Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, and Georgia. We will soon have the ability to serve clients in nearby West Virginia and Tennessee as well.

17 July 2012

Probably the most popular benefit of an NFA gun trust is how it streamlines the BATFE Form 1 and Form 4 process (no fingerprints, mugshot, or CLEO signature); however the two additional benefits offered by the Arsenal Gun Trust can be more important to you in the long run. They are the estate planning and the ability to authorize others to have access to your NFA/Class 3 firearms.

Why would you authorize access by others to your NFA guns?

Imagine you owned a silencer, short barrel rifle, or machine gun personally, without the benefit of an Arsenal Gun Trust. Legally, that firearm can never be outside your dominion and control. Of course responsible gun owners ensure their firearms are always secure; however if you needed to allow access to your firearms by another person in an emergency or for your convenience, you don’t want to worry that access is a crime. Consider these examples:

  • A storm knocks out your electricity and causes a tree to fall on your roof. You need to secure your valuables, including your NFA firearms, by storing them elsewhere until your home is secure.
  • A friend picks you up to go shooting and afterward you go to lunch together. You want to leave your range bag in his car.
  • You regularly visit your brother to go target shooting, and you wish he could lock up your NFA guns in his safe during your visit or store them for your next visit.
  • Your own safe contains a silencer, and you want to give your spouse the combination to that safe’s lock.
  • While hunting together, you allow your best friend to try your suppressed rifle, which he carries away as he tracks his prey. In each of these cases, you could find yourself lacking dominion and control over your NFA firearms, which could violate the National Firearms Act. The penalties could be up to 10 years imprisonment, up to $250,000 in fines, and confiscation of your firearms.

To protect yourself and those in situations like those above, you can use the Arsenal Gun Trust to authorize them to have access to your NFA firearms. If you choose to do so, we ensure you are still in control of your trust and your firearms. You have ultimate authority over all issues involving your Arsenal Gun Trust and the firearms it owns. Also, you’ll have flexibility over time because you can add or remove the other people in your trust whenever you choose.

Arsenal Attorneys offer a specific version for each state the firm serves, including: Arizona, Colorado, Georgia, Maryland, New Mexico, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, and more.

17 July 2012

According to this news report: “A former U.S. Navy SEAL was sentenced Tuesday to over 17 years in prison after prosecutors said he led a scheme to sell machine guns, explosives and military hardware smuggled into the U.S. from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.”

17 July 2012

Arsenal Attorneys offers a Texas version of its Arsenal Gun Trust prepared by our own in-house Texas attorney.

In Texas, you may use the Arsenal Gun Trust to own and handle the following firearms regulated by the National Firearms Act. These include machine guns, silencers, short barreled rifles, short barreled shotguns, any other weapons (AOW), and destructive devices (DD).

Each of our clients benefits from a personal consultation in which you’ll be able to discuss your goals and questions with an attorney. Then we will prepare your documents for you.

Your satisfaction, privacy, and safety is our primary concern.

17 July 2012

Arsenal Attorneys offers a Pennsylvania version of its Arsenal Gun Trust prepared by our own in-house Pennsylvania attorney.

In Pennsylvania, you may use the Arsenal Gun Trust to own and handle the following firearms regulated by the National Firearms Act. These include machine guns, silencers, short barreled rifles, short barreled shotguns, any other weapons (AOW), and destructive devices (DD).

Each of our clients benefits from a personal consultation in which you’ll be able to discuss your goals and questions with an attorney. Then we will prepare your documents for you.

Your satisfaction, privacy, and safety is our primary concern.

17 July 2012

Many people ask, ‘how can I can get a Class 3 license?’ based on their goal to own firearms regulated by the National Firearms Act (NFA). These include silencers (or ‘suppressors’), short barrel rifles, short barrel shotguns, and machine guns–all of which are legal in the overwhelming majority of states. A Class 3 license is not needed to own them. Class 3 refers to the category of gun dealers or manufacturers who may deal in NFA firearms.

Ordinary people may obtain permission either to make or purchase an NFA firearm by submitting BATFE Form 1 or Form 4, respectively. Such an application is made for each NFA firearm, and it must be accompanied by a tax payment.

There are many disadvantages in attempting this process as an individual. We believe the same individual can overcome these concerns by using the Arsenal Gun Trust.

When filing BATFE Form 1 or Form 4, an individual must submit their fingerprints and mug shot, and obtain the signature of their Chief Law Enforcement Officer (CLEO). If permission to own or make the NFA firearm is granted (that is, the tax stamp is issued) that individual, and no other, must always exercise dominion and control of that firearm. This creates serious legal risks for as long as they own NFA firearms. Additionally, if that individual dies or becomes incapacitated, their loved ones may violate the law by failing to handle the NFA firearm and the documentation properly.

Instead, an individual could exercise full control over their own Arsenal Gun Trust to accomplish their goals and address these concerns. When using the Arsenal Gun Trust, BATFE waives the requirements of fingerprinting, mug shots, and CLEO signatures. Further, the Arsenal Gun Trust may authorize others to handle your NFA firearms. Finally, the Arsenal Gun Trust serves as an estate plan with detailed guidance and contingency plans to help ensure your entire gun collection, including non-NFA firearms, are handled safely, lawfully, privately, and according to your wishes concerning inheritance.

The Arsenal Gun Trust is unlike other living or revocable trusts. It is designed according to the special needs of gun ownership, and we believe clients could enjoy its benefits for the rest of their lives. The next generation to own your guns will be grateful for the way the Arsenal Gun Trust will protect them as well.

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