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The federal government is moving to crack down on what it says is a burgeoning scam where people who are not allowed to own firearms under their own name create a trust or corporation, and then legally have the gun transferred to that trust.


But gun rights groups are vociferously denouncing the proposal, saying it’s an unnecessary fix to a nonexistent problem.
The fight, which is playing out right now in the arcane world of federal regulations, is the latest sign that the action on gun control has moved away from the legislature and into the regulatory world.


Currently, individuals — but not “legal entities” — are required to have a local chief law enforcement officer sign off on National Firearms Act (NFA) applications for transfers involving heavy-duty weaponry like machine guns, or silencers.


The problem, advocates say, is that many local officers refuse to sign them.
“So then you’re screwed, unless you’ve got something like a trust,” said Philip Van Cleave, president of the Virginia Citizens Defense League.
The Justice Department, though, says it’s seen an increasing number of applications involving “legal entities,” from 840 in 2000 to 40,700 in 2012. The department believes some people could be using it as a workaround.


In one instance, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) denied a transfer to someone prohibited from possessing an NFA firearm, and then later came across an application that involved transferring the same silencer to a trust containing the name of the person who wasn’t allowed to own firearms.
ATF denied the transfer, but said it only caught it because the same name was used in the trust.
 

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The guns/firearms/devices are not "off limits" they are just regulated.. Can someone remind them of how many crimes have been committed with NFA devices :)
 

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The guns/firearms/devices are not "off limits" they are just regulated.. Can someone remind them of how many crimes have been committed with NFA devices :)
Two, Both committed by law enforcement and the same state.
 
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