How to create an NFA gun trust (and why)

If you’re an FFL dealer handling NFA or Class III transactions, you may want to help your customers with setting up a gun trust.  Trusts give multiple people access to NFA items in the Trust and help future-proof the ownership of those items (e.g. father passes away and kids want ownership of the suppressor).

If you are looking for more information on how to set up a trust, we recommend reaching out to the guys at  They have been in the firearms industry for many years and are currently supporting thousands of FFL dealers currently.  They also have a very simple process for obtaining the documentation and getting it ready for submission on the ATF eforms site.

Here are their top reasons for why you need a trust (courtesy of

  • Reasons to use a Gun Trust:
    • Allows others to handle/store/use your Trust property (Co-Trustees)
    • Degree of Separation
    • Long term flexibility and ability to make changes
    • Define a beneficiary distribution plan
    • Beneficiaries of a Trust will be able to take distribution of Trust assets without having to pay for another tax stamp when that transfer takes place (via ATF form 5)

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