One of the "executive actions" the President proposed last month has been submitted to the Federal Register as a rules change proposal. It involves changing the way NFA items are registered to trusts.
When paying the tax and registering an NFA weapon, one can register it to himself as an individual. However, if he wants to grant possession to someone else, it has to be transferred again, thus incurring another round of paperwork, delay, and remuneration to the ATF. He also has to secure approval from his local Chief Law Enforcement Officer (CLEO), usually a sheriff or police chief. Such approval is at the discretion of the officer, and many choose not to grant it.
The alternative is to register the weapon to a trust. In that case, local law enforcement need not be involved, and other parties may be granted access to the weapon by simply adding them as trustees. Recently, we've been expected to believe that this is an easy and surefire method for felons to gain access to such weapons.
This makes little sense. By the administration's logic, felons are inclined and motivated to,
seek out an attorney and pay hundreds of dollars to establish a trust,
pay significant premiums for heavily regulated weapons,
submit the proper paperwork for approval,
pay a $200 tax, and
wait 6-8 months for processing.
If this ever happens, I submit that those who propose making things harder prove it. I don't expect a response.
On to the specifics. The actual petition is here. I'll warn that it's not an easy read.