Southwest Florida

What about using a corporation to buy an NFA (Title II) firearm?

The process for purchasing or transferring an NFA/Title II firearm is streamlined a bit when it’s done by an entity (a corporation or trust) rather than an individual.

Here are some things to consider when deciding between a corporation (generally a Limited Liability Company (LLC)) and a trust:

Corporation (LLC):

  • Initial costs to legally create the entity
  • Must have a business purpose (profit)
  • Registered with the state of Florida, so it’s public information
  • Annual reporting and associated costs
  • Certain legal formalities must be followed to ensure the entity isn’t considered a “sham” – an entity not truly legally separate from its creator
  • May provide some limited liability (only assets in the LLC are at risk) as long as the entity isn’t considered a “sham”


  • Initial costs to legally create the entity
  • Private entity – not registered anywhere
  • No annual reporting or ongoing legal formalities
  • Does not provide any liability protection

Generally, for individuals who are not buying or possessing firearms for a business enterprise, a trust is the better choice. It’s private and easily modified.

You wonder whether your granddaughter will think of you fondly when you’re not around anymore.

You want to make sure someone will love and care for your dog, horse, or parrot when you can’t.

Your spouse doesn’t share your love for guns, and you fear your collection could be sold for almost nothing – or even destroyed – instead of being passed on to your children or others who share your passion.

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