Friday, April 25, 2008

"Guns in Estates & Trusts" Seminar

On Friday, April 25, 2008, at noon, a one-hour seminar was presented at the Cumberland County Bar Association, in Carlisle, PA, by Neil E. Hendershot & Joshua G. Prince on the topic "Weapons in an Estate or Trust: What to do with the Guns?"

This was the outline for the presentation:

  1. Introductions, Handouts, and Audience Poll
  2. Concerns raised by possession of a weapon
  3. Legal References:
  4. Overview of relevant federal & PA firearms laws:
  5. Review of articles by Joshua G. Prince (edited by Neil E. Hendershot) as posted on the PA Elder, Estate & Fiduciary Law Blog:
  6. Guns in an Estate:
  7. Guns in a Trust; and a "Gun Trust":
  8. Online resources (see below)
Both Josh & I are firearms owners & users (he far, far more than me). However, this seminar was not about the politics of gun ownership, including the effects of gun availability on crime or self-protection, or local governmental regulation of firearm possession, as recently argued before the United States Supreme Court on March 18, 2008, in the case District of Columbia v. Heller.

Instead, this seminar considered what to do when a firearm falls into the hands of an estate's personal representative or a trust's fiduciary.

In connection with the seminar, I post below some additional online resources that Josh & I recommend for the proper "care and feeding" of weapons, whether held by an individual, or by an estate/trust:

Federal & National:
Update: 04/27/08

After the seminar, Josh made postings about it on the
Pennsylvania Firearm Owners Association Discussion Forum. See:
Update: 06/27/08:

See: "Right to Keep and Bear Arms: Part I", posted on this Blog.