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ATF 41P: What It Is and Why You Want to Know About It

Posted on April 25th, 2015 by ar15news

**Edit: ATF41p final rule was signed by the Attorney General yesterday, 1/4/2016. Note that CLEO Sign-off was removed from the final rule**

**Edit: We’re hearing talk that the ATF may be implementing ATF-41P in January 2016**

FACT: Depending on what state you live in, you can possess silencers/suppressors, short barreled rifles, short barreled shotguns, machine guns, destructive devices, and the “Any Other Weapon” firearms.

SIG MPX SBR With suppressor

FACT: The White House and the ATF has been trying since late 2013 to put complete control over whether or not you can exercise your right to own these in the hands of the Chief Law Enforcement Officer of your area.


Commonly known as ATF 41P, under the unprecedented number of executive actions President Obama announced, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives seeks to make a change to the framework that will require every person, regardless of whether you are applying as an individual or under any type of entity such as a corporation, LLC, limited partnership, or trust to submit 2 sets of photographs taken within 1 year, 2 sets of FBI approved fingerprints, a check for $200 (or $5 if transferring an AOW), plus the signature of the Chief Law Enforcement Officer in your area before the tax stamp which permits the ability to purchase or build these highly regulated firearms will be issued.

Should the Chief Law Enforcement Officer (CLEO) refuse to sign, and even if you can pass the extensive background check for which you are submitting to the ATF, you will not be allowed to complete the application. This places an enormous amount of power in the hands of a person whose personal opinions, prejudices, and political motivations will be the ultimate deciding factor in whether or not you will be able to exercise your 2nd Amendment right to own any of these firearms. Until now, people who faced an uncooperative CLEO turned to the additional expense of creating trusts, corporations, or LLCs -which did not require the signature – in order to proceed with the application. If this proposition passes, this alternative will no longer be an option unless you live in only a handful of states that have laws on the books that compel the CLEO to sign.

This potential change has been delayed 3 times already, and the latest update has a decision that could be announced next month. This gives you enough time to get the ball rolling with a trust and submit your applications before the regulation is passed.

My suggestion is to do the exact same thing I did and get an NFA Trust now and get working on registering your new SBR, Suppressor, etc. There are many avenues of doing this wether it be online or in person with an attorney. I have personally and know many more people who have used Coyote Rifleworks for their NFA Trust and used it to 100% success. What makes it work so well is that with Coyote Rifleworks you actually fill out the important information on their website and then they send you a completed NFA Trust instead of a blank NFA Trust or a copy of an NFA Trust for you to fill out like many other companies do. It costs just $95 too which is pretty awesome. Check them out at

No matter what, if you don’t take the opportunity to build an SBR, Suppressor, etc. and continue to put it off, you might decide to do it when its finally too late. There are many people in this country that want to take away your right to do so and they’ll do it by any means necessary.  

*NOTE: This is not a sponsored post or a post that I was paid to make. This is a post for you and I who are citizens of the United States of America that need to know what’s going on and what rights our government is trying to take away from us.  –  Ben

**AR15NEWS is not a law firm and is not authorized to provide legal advice. Please verify that Trusts purchased online are valid in your state.

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