How to Fill Out ATF Form 1 Using a Gun Trust

Updated for ATF 41F

Form 1 - Firearm Manufacturing

Form 1 is an application to make and register a firearm. The ATF considers any assembly or alteration of a weapon to be "making" a weapon, so converting a shotgun to a short-barreled shotgun would fall under this category and will require a form 1.

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ATF Form 1 Guide For NFA Trusts

  1. Type of Application - Most applicants will check "tax paid" unless they specifically fall under one of the other options.
  2. Applicant Information - Applicants using our NFA trust will select "trust" and enter the name and address of the trust.
  3. Description of Firearm - Firearms are approved on a case by case basis, so this section must describe the single firearm the applicant intends to make. In the section requiring the applicant to state why they intend to make the firearm, "any lawful purpose" is an acceptable answer unless the applicant's state requires a scientific or experimental purpose.
  4. FFL Information - If the applicant has an FFL (Federal Firearms License), they will enter that information here.
  5. Signature of Applicant - Applicants using our gun trust are required write "as trustee" after their signature, since they are signing on behalf of the gun trust. For example, you would sign "Your Name, as trustee."
  6. BATFE Approval - The applicant must not fill this section out as it is for BATFE use only.
  7. CLEO Notification - The applicant is required to notify the CLEO of the area in which the trust resides. That CLEO's information should be put here.
  8. Certification Signature - This signature binds the applicant under penalty of perjury to submit the notification to the CLEO.
  9. Responsible Persons - The applicant is required to list the number and name of all responsible persons.
  10. Method of Payment - The applicant should specify the way they intend to pay for the tax stamp.

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