What is a Gun Trust?


Gun trusts streamline the process of obtaining firearms. No Chief Law Enforcement Officer (CLEO) signature required for NFA weapons.


Secure assets for your beneficiaries, manage firearm inheritance, and eliminate the need for probate to transfer weapons to your heirs.


Easily add firearms to your trust. Grant access to your weapons by adding trustees at any time. Specify beneficiaries to inherit trust assets.

Introduction To Gun Trusts

Gun trusts help you by providing a framework to obey gun control regulations, thereby reducing the legal risks of handling restricted firearms. Like a regular trust, property in a gun trust is held by one party for the benefit of another. Therefore, a gun trust helps your loved ones inherit your firearms safely, lawfully, and privately.

Having a gun trust is especially important when dealing with certain firearms regulated by the National Firearms Act ("NFA"). The GunTrustDepot™ Gun Trust helps to address the issues with compliance, risk, and inheritance of firearms.

Firearms that are regulated by the NFA are often referred to as Title II or Class 3 weapons. These types of weapons include silencers and suppressors, short-barreled rifles and shotguns, and machine guns (full automatic weapons).

Manage Risk of Handling NFA Guns

According to the NFA Firearms Act, you would be in violation of federal law if another person knowingly has the potential to access or control any of your NFA firearms. Consider the following scenarios:

  • A friend or family member knows the location of the key to your gun cabinet.
  • A friend or relative stores your NFA guns for you during your military deployment.
  • While on a hunting trip, you stay at your parent's cabin and leave your NFA guns there.
  • After target practice, you forget and accidentally leave your NFA guns in your friend's car.

All of these situations run the risk of violating the National Firearms Act. The maximum penalties include:

  • Up to 10 years in jail.
  • Up to $250,000 in fines.
  • The confiscation of your NFA guns.

Having a gun trust is the ideal risk management solution for these situations. Individuals who are named in your trust may lawfully handle your NFA firearms, avoiding the potential legal problems that may arise in situations where the weapons are used in an emergency or at your convenience.

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