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California NFA Trust Attorneys – Get Your Gun Trust !


California NFA trust attorneys can help you create your totally legal California gun trust. A trust can provide you with the protections as outlined in the National Firearms Act giving you the ability to own and possess otherwise illegal NFA weapons.

The benefits of having a firearms trust in CA far outweigh the minimal cost that is involved in creating one.

Having your gun collection placed in a revocable trust allows you to add family members and successor trustees without breaking the law.

What Is An California NFA Gun Trust ?

Sometimes referred to as a Class 3 NFA trust, this legal instrument makes it possible to own and make NFA items in all states where such items are legal. Attorney drafted trust can offer you the peace of mind of knowing that your California gun trust has been prepared by a licensed legal professional in your state.

Having California NFA trust attorneys create your revocable trust is not the only option available. If you are confident in your abilities to follow instructions and simply fill in the blanks, a do it yourself gun trust may be a more affordable option and afford you more privacy.

Can I Create My Own Gun Trust In California ?

These types of CA gun trust are just as legally binding as one created by any of the California NFA trust attorneys and the step by step instructions are clear and easy to follow.The cost savings are significant and well worth your time. Learn more by reading this article.

What weapons are regulated by the National Firearms Act ?

NFA items, also known as Class 3 firearms, include fully automatic firearms, short barrel shotguns, and short barrel rifles. Other NFA items may be sound suppressors, destructive devices or weapons known as AOW (any other weapon). You will find a brief explanation below.

(SBRs) or a Short Barreled Rifles In California

This type of rifle has an overall length of less than 26 inches. It has a barrel length of less than 16 inches. If a folding type stock is attached to the firearm, the measurement is taken with the stock extended and locked in an open position. Simply adding a stock to a handgun can in many circumstances instantly cause it to be reclassified as an SBR.

Removing the butt stock from a rifle and adding a pistol grip may also be cause for reclassification under federal law.

Being in possession of such a firearm without the proper BATFE registration paperwork and NFA tax stamp may constitute a felony under federal law and California SBR laws. There are however some rifles manufactured before 1934 that may be exempt from these laws. Visit our C&R page for more information on Curios and Relics and how to get a SBR in California. Before purchasing any firearms be sure you have your California SBR tax stamp as required by law.

Is It Legal To  Own A Short Barrel Rifle In California ?

It is, however it is hard to do so. You must first obtain permission from the California Department of Justice and be issued a Dangerous Weapons License Permit. Providing you receive approval from the CA DOJ you must then apply for and receive you ATF tax stamp.

Machine Guns

Machine guns are defined as any firearm that can fire more than 1 shot per trigger pull. In many states machine guns are legal to own, however, once again the proper registration and tax stamp must be applied for and in your possession before you take ownership of the weapon. Being in possession of such a gun without the proper paperwork is a felony.

 Is It Legal To Own A Machine Gun In California ?

California is a very restrictive state when it comes to NFA items. Machine gun ownership by individuals is possible. However you must first acquire a special permit from the State of California Department of Justice.

One must also acquire a dangerous weapons permit. The dangerous weapons permit is a discretionary permit and is rarely issued to individuals. Permits are only issued to those who are 18 years of age or older for the transportation, possession or manufacture of machine guns and then only if one can show good cause for ownership. Any and all permits that may be issued must be kept with the firearm at all times and the permit must be made open to inspection by law enforcement officials.

A machine gun in California is defined in the same fashion as it is by the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives. Federal law requires that all machine guns be registered with the BATF&E.
Any device that mechanically manipulates the trigger to increase the rate of fire of a firearm is illegal in California.

Short Barreled Shotguns (SBSs) In California

A short barreled shotgun in California is defined as having a smooth bore and an barrel overall length of 18 inches or less and a minimum overall length of 26 inches. Short barrel shotguns are often referred to as sawn off shotguns, however that is not necessarily true. SBSs can be readily obtained new by purchasing from many firearms manufactures. Being in possession of an SBS without the proper paperwork and tax stamp is a felony.

Muzzle loading, black powder, short barrel shotguns are exempt under federal law. However, your states laws may deem them to be illegal. Be sure to check your states laws as to the legalities of owning and purchasing. Be sure to check California short barrel shotgun laws to ensure that you know the short barrel shotgun definition in California.

Suppressors or Silencers Law In California

A suppressor is any device attached to a firearm be it a rifle or pistol that lowers or muffles the report of a firearm. Some people confuse a flash suppressor with a sound suppressor.

A flash suppressor requires no registration or tax stamp. Flash suppressors do nothing more than cool and disperse burning gases exiting a barrel without dampening the sound.

Some states may not allow ownership or use of silencers. Be sure to research your state laws before purchasing a sound suppressor. Being in possession of a silencer without the proper paperwork and tax stamp is a felony. Learn how to buy a suppressor the correct and legal way.

Is It Legal To Own A Suppressor In California ?

You may not own a silencer in California. Any device that minimizes the sound of a firearm may be considered a suppressor.The State of California does not appear to care about your hearing.

Destructive Devices

Destructive devices in California include bombs, grenades, modern day artillery , chemical weapons and non-sporting firearms with a bore size over 0.50 inches. Although such firearms as the 12 gauge shotgun may have a bore in excess of 0.50 they are exempt from the NFA because they do have a generally accepted sporting purpose. Being in possession of a DD without the proper paperwork and tax stamp is a felony.

Is It Legal To Own A Destructive Device In California ?

Destructive devices are legal in California. You must have a collectors permit and it must fall under the Curios & Relics category. It is illegal to be in possession of modern day destructive devices.

Any other weapon or AOW California

This is a highly encompassing and complex category. Simply attaching a vertical grip to a pistol that has a rail will constitute your having made an AOW in the eyes of the BATFE.

Other examples include firearms disguised to look like something other than a firearm. Such as a cell phone gun, wallet gun, or a flashlight gun. Short barreled shotguns that come from the factory with a pistol grip will be considered an AOW under federal law.

Excluded items include firearms built prior to 1898 and do not use conventional ammunition. Owner ship of Title II weapons is not illegal however one must have the proper paperwork and NFA tax stamp to be in possession of such devices. You may wish to also check California AOW laws to be sure your in compliance with state firearms laws.

ATF Rule 41F

As of July 13, 2016 the ATF requires that all responsible persons who are to be placed on the trust to submit fingerprints and a 2×2 photo when submitting a Form 1 or Form 4. You must also submit the “Responsible Person QuestionnaireRule 41 F placed new guidelines on the manufacturing and transferring of NFA items and was placed into effect by the Obama administration.

Your fingerprints may be taken by any business or government agency that is equipped to take fingerprints. Be sure any business you may use utilizes the proper fingerprint card. The card number is FD 258.

Some of the benefits of a Gun Trust include not having to wait on your chief law enforcement officer (CLEO) to sign off on your purchases. There is no fingerprint submission required when purchasing a firearm through your trust and it affords you more privacy when making purchases.

Contact any of the California NFA trust attorneys listed below to learn more about how to set up a trust. Or create your own totally legal DIY NFA Trust at just a fraction of the cost ! Stay in compliance with the National Firearms Act (NFA).

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Kevin L. Thomason, Attorney At Law

Michel & Associates, P.C.