Get a Lawyer on Your Side.  My name is Randy Crownover.  I am a licensed and practicing attorney in Texas, having handled many thousands of cases, appeals, and so forth, since May of 1980.   I would like to share with you information about the NFA, the Crownover Law Firm | NFA Gun Trust System®, and why you need one.

Why Should I have an NFA Gun Trust?  With respect to NFA-regulated “Class 3” suppressors, silencers, short-barrel rifles, short-barrel shotguns, and fully automatic weapons, in order of importance, an NFA Gun Trust allows you: 1 Weapon Sharing; 2 Non-Probate Transfer, 3 Internet ATF eForm filing, and 4 No CLEO, Sheriff approval, fingerprints, or photographs

The real question is: If you don’t already have an NFA Gun Trust, why don’t you?  The NFA Gun Trust System® is, in my professional legal opinion, the most versatile and flexible method of using and possessing suppressors, silencers, SBRs, SBSs, certain fully automatic weapons (pre-5/19/1986), and other NFA-regulated assets.  To buy a Class 3 asset as an individual is just such a big mistake!









You can go to Page 22 of the Handout for more specific options and pricing; however, if you’d like to get straight to cost right now, check out our Fees & Costs page. Your Crownover Law Firm | NFA Gun Trust System® is prepared by a fully licensed and practicing Texas attorney – Randy Crownover.  Also, “print-to-order” Trustee forms are available, as desired, for a nominal fee.  All sales are final, no refunds will be made if you change your mind after the purchase, since you are being provided legal services, not a product that can be re-stocked and re-sold.

Can you interpret that last chart a little more thoroughly?  

In a little more detail, with your Crownover Law Firm | NFA Gun Trust System®


  • You can share your NFA-regulated suppressors, firearms, and other NFA assets with your family and trusted friends outside of your presence and without violation of federal or state criminal laws.

  • You can purchase your suppressor (or other Class 3 asset) and register on the ATF eForm internet website to get your federal tax stamp, which is going to significantly decrease your waiting time to take possession of your suppressor.  There is no internet filing available for individual purchasers.

  • Your trust assets are not reported to your county Sheriff’s Office, or to the DPS, or to the FBI.

  • No fingerprint cards, no photographs, and no obtaining permission or reporting to your county Sheriff’s Office.  No CLEO (no Sheriff approval) means privacy and no local police hassles or questions.

  • There are no annual fees or annual reports associated with your NFA Gun Trust (there are aggravating annual franchise taxes, reports, and CPA fees with LLCs and Corporations).

  • Your NFA Gun Trust is not filed with the Texas Secretary of State (unlike LLCs and Corporations, certain details of which must be filed for public record and public inspection).

  • You can pass all of your firearms and related items to your spouse, children, heirs, or whomever you want when you pass away even if you do not have a will, including no courthouse probate.  So, with a NFA Gun Trust you get the advantage of estate planning for both Title I (“GCA” a/k/a “Class 2” firearms) and Title II (“NFA” a/k/a “Class 3” assets) suppressors, silencers, short-barrel firearms, fully automatic firearms, and other Class 3 assets.




“NFA” is an acronym standing for the “National Firearms Act”.  The NFA regulates “Class 3” firearms and assets, such as suppressors, silencers, short-barrel rifles (SBRs), short-barrel shotguns (SBSs), certain fully automatic weapons (pre-5/19/1986), destructive devices, and AOW (e.g., smooth-bore pistols, cane guns, etc.).  To acquire NFA-regulated Class 3 assets, the private arms purchaser must register each and every NFA asset with the ATF by paying the federal tax of $200.00 to the ATF to obtain the ATF registration “tax stamp”.  This handout is about the Crownover Law Firm | NFA Gun Trust System®, which gives you “benefits of ownership” that are much greater than if you buy the NFA-regulated asset in your own name alone.

*As of June 2016