Gun Trusts 101 (2016 Edition)


Re-Broadcast on May 31, 2017

For several years now Gun Trusts have gained in popularity, largely with firearms enthusiasts. But with an ever increasing number of federal and state gun laws, many of which are unique and sometimes conflicting, every attorney must know how to counsel a client on possession and transfer whether an enthusiast or not. Estimates are that there are over 300 million firearms in the U.S., and it is certain that they will be inherited or administered during incapacity of an owner. Gun Trusts are an answer to providing written guidance specific to possession and transfer of firearms to avoid potential criminal liability for getting these wrong.

Key topics to be discussed:

  • Gun Law
  • Possession and Transfer of Firearms
  • Gun Trust Drafting
  • Gun Trust Administration

Date / Time: May 31, 2017

  • 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm Eastern
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  • 11:00 am – 1:00 pm Pacific

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dennis-brislawnDennis Brislawn, Esq. is a fervent supporter of the Second Amendment, a gun owner who also happens to be a trust and estates attorney. A retired Army officer (Infantry, Airborne Ranger, French Army Commando), he advocates ownership of the right gear, acquiring the right training, and building the right legal plan for every gun owner who cares about protecting and exercising individual rights. To that end he created the GunDocx® gun trust system, a unique gun trust planning system used by attorneys nationwide, and two online communities for gun owners and attorneys who serve them to explore related legal issues and share lessons learned. He also regularly instructs firearms owners who carry concealed in how to deal with armed confrontation and the aftermath.

Given that there appear to be at least 300 million firearms in the United States, improper ownership, use, and transfer of any firearm can expose anybody to serious fines and criminal charges. GunDocx® was designed by Dennis to be the first comprehensive firearms-specific living trust system. It works for firearms regulated by the National Firearms Act, and for those regulated or subject only to state and local law. GunDocx® is a game-changer for anyone who values firearms for personal use or as part of a family legacy.

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Section I. Gun Law
a) Historical Perspective
b) The Gun Control Act of 1968
c) The National Firearms Act of 1934
d) The BATFE
e) Selected State Law Issues

Section II. Possession and Transfer of Firearms
a) Key Definitions
b) GCA and NFA Firearms
c) Transfer Analysis
d) NFA Registration  & Update on ATF Rule 41F, New Form 23

Section III. Gun Trust Drafting
a) Trusts and “Gun Trusts”
b) Key Drafting Issues and Illustrations
c) Alternatives to Consider

Section IV. Gun Trust Administration
a) Dealing with Prohibited Persons
b) Changes in Law, Facts
c) Firearms during Incapacity or after Death