Specialized Firearm Trusts

Webinar: ID# 1014526
Recorded CD
About This Course:
Gun laws in the Unites States are promulgated through the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution establishing the right to keep and bear arms and various federal and state statutes, many of which are confusing or conflict with respect to possession and transfer of firearms.

Federal gun laws are enforced by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). Most states and some local jurisdictions have additionally imposed their own firearms restrictions.

Unwary executors of estates, trustees of trusts and their advisors can easily run afoul of the myriad of rules and regulations and commit unintentional felonies if a firearm is transferred improperly or to an improper transferee. There are substantial fines and jail time associated with these felonies.

This webinar is designed to give anyone involved in estate planning a brief overview of federal firearm laws and potential penalties related to improper transfers and possession of firearms. The webinar also will provide the advisor with an understanding of how a properly designed gun trust can help their clients avoid inadvertently violating these laws and how the advisor can benefit from understanding these complex laws.


A Perspective on Gun Law in the U.S.
  • Time Line
  • The Gun Control Act of 1968
  • The National Firearms Act
  • The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives
Possession and Transfer of NFA and GCA Firearms
  • Definitions
  • Prohibited Persons
  • Penalties for Improper Possession and Transfer
  • Example State Law
Gun Trusts
  • Basic Trust Concepts
  • Reason Gun Trusts Are in Demand
  • What Makes a Trust a Gun Trust?
  • Alternative Entities
  • Transfer Analysis
About The Presenters

C. Dennis Brislawn, Jr., J.D.
  • Principal attorney in The Private Client Law Group
  • Principal member, WealthCounsel, LLC
  • Practice emphasizes all aspects of estate, business and asset protection planning
  • Creator of the GunDocx® Trust System and numerous other systems distributed to attorneys nationally
  • Nationally-known presenter to attorneys and other planning professionals
  • USAR retired, Army Airborne Ranger, NRA Benefactor, Firearms Instructor/Trainer
Shawn J. Estep, J.D., LL.M. Tax
  • Principal attorney with The Estep Law Firm, LLC
  • Practice emphasizes all aspects of estate and business planning
  • Conducts regular seminars and workshops for financial professionals, CPA’s and trust officers on a wide range of estate planning subjects
  • Member of Missouri Bar, WealthCounsel LLC, National Rifle Association and listed as an NRA Estate Planning Partner
  • J.D. degree, Saint Louis University; LL.M. degree in tax, Washington University in St. Louis; B.S. degree in electrical engineering, University of Missouri Columbia
Specialized Firearm Trusts
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