NFA Gun Trusts in North Carolina

North Carolina, like many other states in the nation, is witnessing heated discussions about firearms legislation. While NC gun laws are on the tables of legislators, an active gun community is growing in North Carolina and gun owners need tools for responsible ownership. Applications for North Carolina pistol permits are doubling and tripling in most of the state’s counties. As inpiduals prepare for potential changes in firearms laws, they quickly learn about the benefits of NFA gun trusts.

Offering many benefits like confidentiality and the legal sharing and purchasing of firearms, gun trusts are an almost necessary tool for responsible gun owners. There is no other legal document available today that offers the protection and benefits of an NFA gun trust. Revocable living trusts and corporations do not provide the same benefits as the specialized trusts our NC gun trust attorney provides at Southern Gun Law Group. An NC gun trust is another estate planning tool that should be included when addressing an inpidual’s entire estate.

North Carolina gun trusts may include both NFA weapons and non-NFA weapons. NFA firearms, also referred to as Title II Firearms, are guns and other firearm items regulated by the NFA (National Firearms Act). These NFA firearms include:

  • Short-barreled rifles
  • Machine guns
  • Short-barreled shotguns
  • Suppressors (silencers)

There are necessary federal documents for those who use a gun trust to “own” their guns. Our Chapel Hill gun trust attorney makes it simple for firearms owners to accurately prepare and submit all required documentation.

What benefits does a gun trust offer North Carolina gun owners?

  • Avoid probate. If firearms are not included in a gun trust, when the gun owner passes away, even with a will, their guns become part of their probate estate. Passing these firearms to heirs will be recorded under public record. With a North Carolina gun trust, there are no probate proceedings and no public records are made.
  • Legal possession if incapacitated. Should a firearms owner become incapacitated, if they have a properly prepared NC gun trust their family members will be left with clear guidelines for what they are to do with the firearms. This prevents surviving family members from unintentionally violating federal laws with excessive fines and potential jail time.
  • Legal sharing. Without a gun trust, it is illegal to allow another inpidual to use or access another person’s NFA firearm. North Carolina gun trusts allow the legal sharing of firearms by appointing co-owners and authorized users.

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