The National Firearms Act ("NFA") governs the purchase and possession of certain types of firearms, namely:
Congress originally passed the NFA in 1934. It was revised somewhat in the Gun Control Act of 1968 and again in 1986 in the Firearm Owner's Protection Act. Congress regulates theses types of weapons, all of which are considered "firearms" in the law, pursuant to their Constitutional ability to tax, as provided for in Article 1, Section 8 of the United States Constitution. That may seem strange, however, courts have provided that Congress can regulate anything that it has the ability to tax. Since Congress has the ability to tax the manufacturing and sale of guns, it can therefore regulate them. Individual states may place additional regulations and restrictions on what NFA items may be owned or brought into the state. Arizona has no such restrictions. Law abiding Arizona residents may legally buy and own any NFA item by paying the special $200 tax per item (or $5 for AOW).
Yes, if you can legally own a gun in Arizona, you can legally own NFA firearms. You don't need a license and there are no annual fees or taxes to own these types of weapons, but you do need ATF approval BEFORE you can possess them. There are three primary avenues to own NFA items:
You need to decide which gun trust version is best for you. We offer three gun trust versions, the Speeding Bullet Gun Trust, the Rapid Fire Gun Trust, and the AZ Advanced Gun Trust. The Speeding Bullet Gun Trust and Rapid Fire Gun Trusts are a do-it-yourself types of trusts where you fill in the blanks and then the trust is emailed to you immediately. They are designed for married couples or individuals who have relatively simple scenarios. The Speeding Bullet Gun Trust will protect a firearms collection during your life, while the Rapid Fire and AZ Advanced Gun Trusts will protect gun collections for multiple generations. For those who have more complicated scenarios, or who want to leave a firearms legacy for their children and grandchildren (or other beneficiaries) where their guns (including NFA firearms), ammunition, and firearms accessories are protected in the trust for up to 500 years, they should choose either the Rapid Fire Gun Trust of the AZ Advanced Gun Trust. Doing the AZ Advanced Gun Trust creates a full attorney-client relationship and we can discuss and plan for your unique scenario. After your trust is completed and and notarized, you are ready to shop for your NFA item from a dealer of your choice. Don't worry though, you are not on your own, we will include detailed instructions with your trust on how to complete it, what to do with your NFA dealer, and how to submit the necessary paperwork to the BATFE. Click the green button below for more info about each trust version.
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