As a member of the NRA, I am a firm believer in the Second Amendment of the United State Constitution. It's important to remember that neither the government nor the Constitution grant us our rights. The Constitution recognizes the rights we already have and forbids or restricts the government from infringing them.
The National Firearms Act restricts, but does not prohibit, the possession of certain weapons, including suppressors, automatic weapons, short-barrel rifles, and other weapons, frequently called "Title II", "NFA", or "Class III" weapons. The process for acquiring these restricted weapons comes with cost (about $200), is time-consuming, but more concerning is that the process is fraught with dangers for the unwary. Violating the law, even accidentally, can result in fines up to $250,000 and/or up to 10 years in jail.
Sure, you can possess Class III weapons as an individual with proper filing with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (BATFE), but using a Gun Trust to register Class III weapons with BATFE provides a number of advantages. Gun Trusts are an invaluable tool for you and the co-trustees you appoint to acquire, possess, and use Title II weapons while safeguarding them for eventual transfer to your beneficiaries upon your death, and they will transfer without the need for additional tax stamps.
Come talk to me about Gun Trusts or any other questions regarding the law and your firearms.