The six (6) distinct types of NFA controlled firearms are the following:
- Machine Guns – any firearm which fires more than one (1) round for each individual pull of the trigger.
- Short Barreled Rifles (SBR) – Rifles with barrels less than 16″.
- Short Barreled Shotguns (SBS) – Shotguns with barrels less than 18”.
- Silencers (Suppressors)
- Any Other Weapon (AOW) – These are usually firearms and accessories that don’t fall into a category above. Examples include wallet holsters and pen guns.
What is a Gun Trust?
Understand how Gun Trusts operate. A Trust is a planning tool where the trust-maker may transfer property to another individual, a trustee, who in holds legal title, for a user, known as a beneficiary. Virginia law allows trust-makers to be the Trustee of their own Trust, keeping full control over their firearms. A Gun Trust is set up to hold legal title over firearms and provide for their distribution upon the death of the Trustmaker, typically to their children or heirs.
Even hunter and recreational gun owner needs to understand the legal aspects of owning a gun and the other devices used with firearms.
As Virginia gun trust lawyers, we can help you understand how to protect yourself and your family so that owning firearms can be a worry-free experience.
If you own certain types of firearms or firearms related devices, a gun trust is critical.
As Virginia gun trust lawyers, we stay on the cutting edge of the law that impacts the ownership and use of firearms. You can count on us to make sure you are totally protected.
Welcome. We are not a faceless national form-builder website, but an actual team living here in Virginia, assisting clients with Gun Trust needs.
Allow the trusted, personalized service of attorney Van Smith and his team at Smith Strong, PLC located in Richmond and Williamsburg, Virginia honestly assist you, Virginia-based NFA firearm owners, with your Gun Trust.
Our entry into this area began as attorney Van Smith provided legal counsel to Virginia firearms manufacturer Umbra Arms, LLC, noting the need for a real-live Virginia attorney experience to assist with the transfer of NFA firearms from one generation to the next (multi-generational), in a responsible, tax-advantaged way.
The key difference for our clients: Match the price of the "national, we'll find you a lawyer (. . . eventually and after we split the fee)" sites, and provide immediate, personal access to our Virginia-based team and attorney Van Smith. This personalized approach also needed to be systematized and respect the need for a rapid-response solution to our Virginia clients.
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First, we're not here to scare you into a Gun Trust you may not need. That's what the first meeting is for to outline if a Gun Trust is the right solution for your NFA firearms collection, and its transfer to the next generation.
Second, we respect as a Virginia gun owner, you have a choice on who to choose for your Virginia Gun Trust. Our advantage is the personal service, rapid response, and continued relationship with Attorney Van Smith and his entire team here at Smith Strong, PLC. Our clients come for the advice but return and refer close friends back to our firm, time and again, because of the service-oriented culture of our small firm.
Call 804.325.1245 or 757.941.4298 and speak with attorney Van Smith's assistant to schedule your first gun trust consultation--in person or by telephone--your choice, today.