Gun Trusts & Estate Planning for Firearms


Re-Broadcast on January 12, 2018

In the last 10 years, firearms law has perhaps been the fastest growing niche practice area in estate planning. Demand for gun trusts particularly have caused trusts and estates attorneys to learn how to design legal vehicles for registering firearms regulated under the National Firearms Act and in compliance with varying state laws. Expanding gun control regulations and the fierce political climate have also inspired the public to seek legal aid with the inheritance of firearms.

This program will provide an overview of firearms law in the context of estate planning and inheritance. Our presentation will feature gun trusts, including a summary of the National Firearms Act and the changes in ATF regulations concerning gun trusts known as ‘Reg. 41F’.

A mishandled NFA firearm or the transfer of even an heirloom shotgun with certain characteristics could lead to significant fines and lengthy imprisonment. The course will help participants protect gun owning clients and those who will inherit their firearms.

The course has been designed for primarily for attorneys, paralegals, and others who prepare and administer trusts and estates.

Key topics to be discussed:

•   Overview of Firearms Laws
•   Categories of Firearms
•   Categories of NFA Firearms
•   Registration of NFA Firearms
•   Possession of NFA Firearms
•   Inheriting NFA Firearms
•   Benefits of Gun Trusts
•   Drafting Gun Trusts
•   Inheriting Title I Firearms
•   Inheriting Title II Firearms

Date / Time: January 12, 2018

•   2:00 pm – 5:15 pm Eastern
•   1:00 pm – 4:15 pm Central
•   12:00 pm – 3:15 pm Mountain
•   11:00 am – 2:15 pm Pacific

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matthew-bergstromMatthew J. Bergstrom is the founder and Managing Attorney of the firearms law practice Arsenal Attorneys™ located near Washington, DC. Arsenal Attorneys™ have served thousands of clients in 42 states. The firm is particularly renowned for its proprietary Arsenal Gun Trust™ solution for NFA firearms and estate planning for entire gun collections. Arsenal Attorneys™ also represent numerous firearms and ammunition manufacturers, and Federal Firearms Licensees, and firearms instructors in a variety of legal matters. The firm has also litigated civil rights cases, most recently by successfully making a Second Amendment challenge to the District of Columbia’s ban of stun guns. Mr. Bergstrom’s has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Times, and various other media outlets. He received his law degree from Indiana University, Bloomington, where he served as Executive Editor of the Federal Communications Law Journal. He earned an MBA from the Helsinki School of Economics, and his BA from Michigan State University. He is admitted to practice law in Virginia, Michigan, and the District of Columbia. He is a certified firearms instructor and range safety officer.

john-conroyJohn A. Conroy, III is an Associate Attorney with Arsenal Attorneys™. Mr. Conroy serves clients in the areas of estate planning, business law, corporate transactions, real estate, securities, family/education law, administrative law, and contracts. He has extensive knowledge in the field of firearms regulation, concealed carry rights and restrictions, Federal Firearms Licensee registration, ammunition manufacturing, and gun trust administration. Mr. Conroy has presented CLE seminars on NFA Trust drafting considerations and recently, Regulation 41F to the American Bar Association and various FFL clients in the DC/MD/VA metropolitan region. Licensed in Maryland, where firearms are heavily regulated, Mr. Conroy received his J.D. from American University-Washington College of Law in the District of Columbia and his B.S. in Environmental Science from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

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