National Firearms Act (NFA) Gun Trusts


Whether you own NFA controlled firearms or have
considered doing so, it is a good idea to educate
yourself on the law surrounding such purchases and to
take steps to protect yourself and your family legally
from any inadvertent violations.


An NFA trust is also known as Gun Trust. These types
of trusts are specifically tailored to comply with the
NFA regulations of Title II items, also known as Class
3 weapons. Class 3 firearms or NFA weapons consist
of machine guns, sound suppressors, short-barreled
shotguns, short-barreled rifles, and other destructive


  • No Chief Law Enforcement Officer (CLEO) Signature Required
  •  No Fingerprints or Photographs are Required
  • Incapacity or Death. An NFA Firearms Trust help protect your family from violating the NFA by providing them clear instructions on what they are and are not permitted to do.
  •  Co-owners and Authorized Users. Multiple co-trustees can be involved in a single trust on a permanent or temporary basis.
  • Reducing risk of Legal Changes. Many groups are attempting to limit the ability to transfer firearms to family or friends. With a NFA Firearms Trust an adult child, family member, or friend can be made a co owner of the trust. While the ownership of the NFA Firearms Trust can be changed, the NFA Firearms Trust is still the registered owner of the firearms and no transfer has taken place under the NFA.
  • Confidentiality – The gun trust is not filed with any state or municipal government or other law enforcement entity, except the BATF. If your gun trust buy a NFA Class 3 weapon, a copy of the trust itself must be filed with the Form 4.  But, your trust and your name only show up on the tax rolls of the BATF. Since it is a tax related filing, it is exempt from most subpoenas and public records requests.
  • No Filing Fees – Since nothing is filed with any government bureaucracy, there are no filing fees to be paid for someone to copy and file it in a government database. Note:  The Form 1 and/or Form 4 transfer fees still apply.
  • Insurance – As it stands right now, a NFA Class 3 Firearm Trust is you best protection to buy and later sell or transfer those weapons as assets for generations to come. What laws that may come in the future will probably not affect trust already in existence.
  • Protection – not from criminals, but from the government. A gun trust can be written to insulate your loved ones in case they accidentally possess a NFA weapon that is not registered to them personally.
  • Speed of Registration – A properly written NFA gun trust can speed up the registration process significantly and allow you to obtain Class 3 items before new laws take effect.
  • Background Check Not Required- while most Class 3 dealers do it anyway, there is no requirement of a background check when a NFA gun trust is used.

Please follow the link below  to begin the process of creating a customized NFA Gun Trust with Attorney Kevin C. Maxwell. Upon Completing this form please fax to 407-849-2951 or email to Kevin C. Maxwell is your Orlando Gun Trust Attorney.


For additional information and for the answers to any legal questions regarding a NFA gun trust or additional matters please contact Attorney Kevin C. Maxwell 24 Hour Hotline 407-467-4960 or

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