Earlier this week I wrote about proposed changes to the way NFA trusts apply for hyper-controlled and regulated firearms and firearms accessories. The proposal will give the Chief Law Enforcement officer in your area complete authority in deciding if you can even apply for these items, let alone if you qualify.
It is well known that some CLEO will not sign any approval letters due to political reasons, and with the increased legal responsibility outlined in the proposal it is unlikely many other CLEO will, either.
I wrote my CLEO, and here was his response :
In response to your email, if you are asking for the number of times per year I sign a Federal Firearms license it would be no more than 3 to 5 per year. It is an infrequent part of my work. If you are asking for the number of times we approve permit to carry applications for Dakota County residents those average 2,500 to 3,500 per year.
The good news that my CLEO doesn’t process, or at least understand that he processes, any individual NFA requests.
The bad news is that one defense against the changes was that CLEO would be too busy to sign the application for the application, as it were.
The unknown news is if my CLEO will approve any future NFA application applications.
Stay tuned, folks.