If you’re reading this blog, you probably already know the usual arguments about registry. A friend of mine just brought up a scenario that I had never thought of.
He has an older friend that is unfortunately in the hospital with one of those issues that a lot of folks don’t come home from (hope that’s not the case here, but…). Life has apparently treated his buddy pretty well, and he’s been able to afford some machine guns. This is where it gets sticky. Some folks have apparently attempted to rob his buddy’s house a couple times. My friend is the only one that the guy and his family trusts/knows that has the ability to properly lock up the guns away from the now vacant house.
From the admittedly small amount we know about the NFA registry, this may not be exactly legal. When getting your NFA tax stamp, you can either register by your lonesome, or set up a trust. If you get the stamp directly tied to you, you’re the only one that can possess the item. No loaning it out, etc. If you set up a trust, anyone that is named on the trust can possess it. Unfortunately, I don’t know which this gentleman did, but, if it was a trust, my friend was not named and there’s a decent chance that the guy will die before the ATF gets back to him about adding a name to the trust. Not to mention that the third robbery attempt may succeed.
If there wasn’t a registry, it would be a simple case of “oh, I can hold onto that for you. With the registry? Things get a lot trickier.
(By the way, no. This isn’t me. It really is a friend of mine. I won’t tell you his name. On the other hand, if you have a tip other than “find a lawyer,” I’ll be happy to pass it along.)