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Posted: 1/10/2010 5:07:12 AM EDT
Hi everyone,

I am contemplating a suppressor for a new ar10 build. This would be the first one I've ever purchased. I've done some reading around this forum and others regarding various ways of doing this.

It seems to me the simplest way to do this would be to have one of my business entities make the purchase. I currently have an operating LLC and and an S-corp. Does anyone else here go this route? Or, is the trust approach better?
Link Posted: 1/10/2010 6:35:43 AM EDT
Originally Posted By molardog:
Hi everyone,

I am contemplating a suppressor for a new ar10 build. This would be the first one I've ever purchased. I've done some reading around this forum and others regarding various ways of doing this.

It seems to me the simplest way to do this would be to have one of my business entities make the purchase. I currently have an operating LLC and and an S-corp. Does anyone else here go this route? Or, is the trust approach better?


Trust IMHO.

I wouldn't co-mingle your business entities with the ATF and buying suppressors. YMMV.
Link Posted: 1/10/2010 6:53:33 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/10/2010 6:54:19 AM EDT by Seb1]
I was in the same boat as you with two corporations (I am also a Dentist in Virginia). I ended up using my LLC to purchase my nfa toys. Been doing this for 5 years now with no problems.
Link Posted: 1/10/2010 6:54:19 AM EDT
Yeah....I was thinking that may be non-desirable for some reason. ATF...business....should be a no go.

I reckon I may just have to find a local atty that is familiar with gun trusts.
Link Posted: 1/10/2010 6:56:36 AM EDT
Originally Posted By Seb1:
I was in the same boat as you with two corporations (I am also a Dentist in Virginia). I ended up using my LLC to purchase my nfa toys. Been doing this for 5 years now with no problems.


My LLC owns my business real estate....you reckon that would be the way to go? Like the above poster said though, there's something un-appetizing about having the ATF linked up with your business.
Link Posted: 1/10/2010 6:57:57 AM EDT
My LLC also owns my building only and nothing else so it is not a business in a sense. The wife and I set up the LLC for protection only.
Link Posted: 1/10/2010 7:01:05 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/10/2010 7:01:51 AM EDT by molardog]
That's exactly what we did....we actually just own a piece of land with the LLC now, but will be building this year. The LLC is in the business of "real estate rental/leasing".

How has the Form 4 process worked for you so far?
Link Posted: 1/10/2010 5:53:59 PM EDT
If it was in your LLC and somethign were to happen, someone could sue your LLC. Why even risk the liability of your LLC? Form a trust, it cost about $30 with willmaker and is as good if not better than LLC b/c it is easier to make people trustees than employees.
Link Posted: 1/10/2010 5:56:16 PM EDT
Originally Posted By bigcbass:
If it was in your LLC and somethign were to happen, someone could sue your LLC. Why even risk the liability of your LLC? Form a trust, it cost about $30 with willmaker and is as good if not better than LLC b/c it is easier to make people trustees than employees.


I trust my LLC far more than a $30 quicken willmaker cookie cutter trust.
Link Posted: 1/11/2010 8:58:50 AM EDT
Originally Posted By CTbuilder1:
Originally Posted By bigcbass:
If it was in your LLC and somethign were to happen, someone could sue your LLC. Why even risk the liability of your LLC? Form a trust, it cost about $30 with willmaker and is as good if not better than LLC b/c it is easier to make people trustees than employees.


I trust my LLC far more than a $30 quicken willmaker cookie cutter trust.


I can see his point to a degree....although I don't think I am too concerned about "something" happening. Plus, someone could always go after a "trustee" of the trust, couldn't they?
Link Posted: 1/11/2010 11:19:57 AM EDT
The LLC has far more protection from someone sueing you. This is why many form a LLC with property so that if someone sue's most of your personal assets are safe. I also feel that if something happens with a firearm that they are going after the person shooting the gun in the first place and not who owns the gun.

Link Posted: 1/11/2010 1:17:48 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Seb1:
The LLC has far more protection from someone sueing you. This is why many form a LLC with property so that if someone sue's most of your personal assets are safe. I also feel that if something happens with a firearm that they are going after the person shooting the gun in the first place and not who owns the gun.



They would go after everyone. But a LLC might offer more personal protection but the LLC would be liable if somethign happened, and if you are the one operating the gun, you would get sured anyway so do you also want your LLC that you do legitimate business in to also be at risk.

Also people always say the $30 quicken trust is bad andtoo risky yet no one can point to one example of where it failed or where someone was prosocuted or had their gun taken away. The only ones that say that are lawyers who want you to use their services, they have no proof this has ever happened.
Link Posted: 1/11/2010 4:05:01 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/11/2010 4:16:42 PM EDT by molardog]
Originally Posted By bigcbass:
Originally Posted By Seb1:
The LLC has far more protection from someone sueing you. This is why many form a LLC with property so that if someone sue's most of your personal assets are safe. I also feel that if something happens with a firearm that they are going after the person shooting the gun in the first place and not who owns the gun.



They would go after everyone. But a LLC might offer more personal protection but the LLC would be liable if somethign happened, and if you are the one operating the gun, you would get sured anyway so do you also want your LLC that you do legitimate business in to also be at risk.

Also people always say the $30 quicken trust is bad andtoo risky yet no one can point to one example of where it failed or where someone was prosocuted or had their gun taken away. The only ones that say that are lawyers who want you to use their services, they have no proof this has ever happened.


I've read some threads over on the SilencerTalk forum....alot of them say the lawyers come using scare tactics trying to get them to pay for something called an "gun trust".
Seems like a lot of folks use Quicken to generate their own trust entities.

As far as the liability goes....I don't believe there is an entity out there that can protect you from lawyers. My primary reason for even considering using an LLC would be for the convenience of it, but then again, the trust route seems to have the same benefits in that regard.
Link Posted: 1/11/2010 8:18:46 PM EDT
The benefit of the corp route over trust is simply from an execution standpoint. A lot more people are familiar with the specifics of operating corps. You don't run into problems (if at all) with trusts until someone dies. Most people die once. So just from a common knowledge standpoint, you can find more people that can speak for corps. Granted for NFA, executing the trust isn't the point of it unless you want it to go smoothly after the fact. Most people just don't care about that.
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