The ATF has just released a document detailing their plans to change the NFA requirements for gun trusts. We had been told that the ATF was open to the idea of eliminating the CLEO sign-off completely, but that’s apparently changed and they’re going in the opposite direction. From Page 12 of the document:
ATF does not propose to eliminate the CLEO certification at this time. Rather, ATF proposes extending the CLEO certificate requirement to responsible persons of a legal entity.
In short, they want to require every single person listed on an NFA gun trust to submit fingerprints, photographs and get a CLEO’s sign-off. Not just for the principal trustee, everyone on the trust (anyone who can posess the items owned by the trust). This is above and beyond what we’d been led to believe was going to happen and will have a disastrous impact on the ability of law abiding citizens to obtain legal firearms. Instead, many will be denied based on the whims of local law enforcement. Stay tuned.