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A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free State, the RIGHT of the People to keep and bear arms SHALL NOT be infringed.

Firearms enthusiasts and collectors who wish to own a weapons regulated by the National Firearms Act such as suppressors Machineguns, Short Barreled Rifles (SBR), Short Barreled Shotguns (SBS), Any Other Weapons (AOW) or a Destructive Device (DD) may use a trust as the vehicle to obtain these weapons.  The Trust is private, simple and very convenient!

    The Trust does not require a filing fee, fingerprints or photographs and best of all you do not have to get a signature from your Chief Law enforcement Officer.  In fact, many if not the majority of chief law enforcement officers will not sign a form 1 or a form 4.  Harris County, Dallas County, Travis County, Bexar County are examples of counties whose CLEOs (Chief Law Enforcement Officers) refuse to sign law abiding citizen's Form 1s and form 4s.

    A trust can be created to protect your family members from inadvertent possession of an item regulated by the NFA that is not registered to them.

    The NFA Trust is a trust that is tailored to ensure compliance with the National Firearms Act which regulates weapons that are known as Title II (or class III) firearms and chapter 46 of the Texas Penal Code.  Title II (or Class III) weapons are machineguns, short barreled rifles, short barreled shotguns, destructive devices and weapons classified as AOWs (Any Other Weapons). 

The weapons regulated by the National firearms act are:

Machine Guns - this includes any firearm which can fire more than 1 cartridge per trigger pull. Both continuous fully-automatic fire and "burst fire" (i.e., firearms with a 3-round burst feature) are considered machine gun features.

Short Barreled Rifles (SBRs) - this category includes any firearm with a buttstock and either a rifled barrel under 16" long or an overall length under 26". The overall length is measured with any folding or collapsing stocks in the extended position. The category also includes firearms which came from the factory with a buttstock that was later removed by a third party.

Short Barreled Shotguns (SBSs) - this category is defined similarly to SBRs, but the length limit for the barrel is 18" instead of 16", and the barrel must be a Smoothbore.  The minimum overall length limit remains 26".

Suppressors (aka Silencers) - this includes any portable device designed to muffle or disguise the report of a firearm.

Destructive Devices (DD)- there are two broad classes of destructive devices:

Devices such as Grenades, bombs, explosive Missiles, Poison Gas weapons, and similar items and any non-sporting firearm with a bore over 0.50", such as a 40mm Grenade Launcher often used in conjunction with rifles. (Many firearms with bores over 0.50", such as 12-gauge shotguns, are exempted from the law because they have been determined to have a legitimate sporting use.)

Any Other Weapons (AOWs) - this is a broad "catch-all" category used to regulate any number of firearms which the ATF deems deserving of registration and taxation. Examples include, among others:

  • Smooth-bore pistols
  • Pen guns and Cane guns
  • Short-barreled firearms with both rifled and smooth bores, etc.
  • Disguised firearms
  • Firearms that can be fired from within a wallet holster or a briefcase
  • A short-barreled shotgun which came from the factory with a pistol grip is categorized as an AOW rather than a SBS, because the Gun Control Act describes a shotgun as “…designed or redesigned to be fired from the shoulder…”
  • Handguns with a forward vertical grip. It is therefore illegal to place an aftermarket foregrip on any pistol without first registering it as an AOW and paying the $200.00 "making tax" imposed by the Act.


Sean Cody, and the Law Office of Sean Cody has been preparing NFA trusts for clients since 2005.  Sean Cody is an avid defender of the Second Amendment and has been collecting firearms regulated by the National Firearms Act since 2001.  He is also a Managing Member of S & M arms, LLC, a licensed dealer and manufacturer of title I and II weapons in Houston, TX.  Sean cody is intimately familiar with the acquisition, possession, ownership, manufacture and sale of Items that are regulated by the National Firearms Act and Chapter 46 of the Texas Penal Code. 


Contact Information

If you are interested in a NFA Trust and how you can legally purchase NFA regulated items, call me or email me and i will be happy to tailor a trust for your specific needs.

Postal address
801 Congress, Suite 350, Houston, TX  77002
Electronic mail
General Information: TexasTrustLawyer@TexasNFATrust.com
Consult with Attorney Sean cody for NFA trust: SeanCody@HoustonAttorney.org 

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