When the CLEO signoff reg was passed, computerized records searches were decades off. The original purpose of it was so that your local CLEO could peruse his file cabinet to find out if you had any local arrests that might not show up on a Fed search. Now that every arrest and such goes into computerized databases, the requirement is outdated and unneccessary. Makes for a lot of hassle for NFA buyers though, so I dunno why ATF would want to eliminate it. Unless the number of Trusts is starting to get them worried maybe some unqualified people are slipping through the cracks.