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Many questions unanswered on NFA rule change as comment deadline approaches

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Many questions unanswered on NFA rule change as comment deadline approaches

With closure of the comment period for proposed National Firearms Act rulemaking changes by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives fast approaching a Dec. 9 deadline, the rationale for the changes being considered, as explained in the petition that initiated the action, raises more questions than answers. The changes would affect the way NFA gun trusts, legal entities through which NFA firearms can lawfully be owned, are established.

“The proposed regulations would,” according to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, “(1) add a definition for the term “responsible person”; (2) require each responsible person of a corporation, trust or legal entity to complete a specified form, and to submit photographs and fingerprints; (3) require that a copy of all applications to make or transfer a firearm be forwarded to the chief law enforcement officer (CLEO) of the locality in which the maker or transferee is located; and (4) eliminate the requirement for a certification signed by the CLEO.”

That last point in the OIRA summary is not borne out by the text of the proposed rule change.

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