Arsenal Attorneys just returned from the annual National Firearms Law Seminar organized by the National Rifle Association during its meetings in Houston last weekend. This year’s seminar was another valuable opportunity for our team to address the latest legal concerns of gun owners with our professional colleagues, scholars, judges, activists, and industry leaders. Our law firm prioritizes such opportunities for professional development because we are committed to delivering the highest quality of service to our clients in today’s rapidly changing political and legal climate. Watch for future announcements of a wider variety of services will offer firearms owners, dealers, manufacturers, and instructors.
Recently Arsenal Attorneys was proud to sponsor a presentation by author John Lott, a scholar on the efficacy of gun control. The video of that presentation is now available on C-SPAN’s website here.
Dr. Lott began his comments with a summary of his latest book “On the Brink”, which addressed the state of the US economy. He then spent the remainder of his time detailing the impact of gun control. His data, anecdotes, and critical analysis are of a quality that Americans need to hear in the debate over the Second Amendment.
We hope the video encourages you to consider reading any of Dr. Lott’s fine books.
Gun owners across America should prepare for the legal implications of proposed restrictions on ammunition magazines, such as the legislation now under consideration in Colorado.
As the Daily Caller‘s Greg Campbell reports, if Colorado’s bill on magazines “becomes law, the ban will go into effect July 1. People who own such magazines by the deadline can keep them, but they cannot sell or transfer them to others, including to family members.”
How would you prove your magazine is pre-ban?
What risks could your magazines pose in the future?
Arsenal Attorneys advises clients in the legal and practical measures they may take now to protect themselves and their loved ones from the risks posed by magazine bans. Our Arsenal Gun Trust is designed for the handling and inheritance of magazines, ammo, NFA and non-NFA firearms, and anything else related to your gun collection. For non-NFA items, we provide privacy protections to ensure you do not make unnecessary disclosures about the property in your trust. Email us today to receive a summary of our services. Each client receives a personal consultation, then we prepare your Arsenal Gun Trust for you.
When handling a legal matter that could have implications for the rest or your life and on the lives of your descendants, will a do-it-yourself form make you confident?
Arsenal Attorneys provides each client personalized service tailored to his individual needs and concerns. We never sell a do-it-yourself, one-size-fits-all solution.
In each consultation, we explain the law, present choices, explain with hypothetical situations, and exchange ideas concerning each client’s individual concerns. Nothing about our process is automated, and our customer service is not a recorded message.
Contact us to request an introduction to our services. We look forward to scheduling your personal consultation. We make full use of telephone and email communication to serve you at your convenience.
Dr. John Lott is the author of several books on economics and gun control. He has exhaustively researched the effects of increased gun control on crime versus the effect of increased gun ownership. His seminal book, More Guns, Less Crime, is now in its third edition. We strongly recommend this title as a valuable source of information for the ongoing debate on gun control.
Arsenal Attorneys are proud to sponsor a presentation by Dr. Lott on March 7, 2013. He will be this month’s featured speaker in the Ronald Reagan Lecture Series in Northern Virginia. This free event will take place at 7:30 pm at the Cascades Senior Center, 21060 Whitfield Place, Sterling, Virginia 20165.
Arsenal Attorneys offers clients the option to create a perpetual Arsenal Gun Trust.
This perpetual version offers all the benefits of the Arsenal Gun Trust. Additionally it enables future generations of your descendants to serve as trustees and beneficiaries of the same trust you create today. Over time, your trust would be the same owner of your trust property even as the people in the trust change.
At the very least this obviates the need for future generations to create new trusts of their own to hold the same property.
Theoretically a single trust might also help avoid future problems. For example, if it later becomes difficult to transfer or inherit property, such as firearms and accessories, a single trust could continue to hold the trust property so no transfer or inheritance would take place despite changes in the people named as trustees and beneficiaries.
Contact us to learn more about the protection the Arsenal Gun Trust offers for your security, privacy, and freedom.
There may be no better time than the present to make use of an Arsenal Gun Trust to ensure your safety, privacy, and compliance with gun laws.
If you’re considering a trust for firearms, will your trust adapt to future changes in the law, if any happen?
A living trust, also known as a revocable trust or an inter vivos trust, can be changed by our client to adapt to their future needs, including future gun laws. For example, what if future changes in the law or in your personal circumstances gave you reasons to change the property or people in your trust. The Arsenal Gun Trust allows each of our clients to exercise such authority.
We believe the client’s authority over their trust is crucial to their security when managing their firearms collection.
On the other hand, an irrevocable trust can involve a difficult and complex process to make changes because creating such a trust is required to forfeit all privileges of ownership, i.e. control, over the property placed in the trust.
While the Arsenal Gun Trust offers a powerful solution for current conditions, we believe its design enables the client to handle the future with the flexibility needed. Like all things, gun laws and regulations will change over time–whether through greater control or more freedom (remember recent decades brought us greater freedom to obtain carry permits). It’s important to prepare for the future without being trapped by solutions that leave you with fewer options.
We believe the Arsenal Gun Trust is ready for the future.
We often receive questions about the possibility of changes in the law affecting gun ownership. Looking to the future, one can only speculate about the outcome of looming political debates.
If recent events have caused you to believe this is a crucial time to acquire firearms before the possibility of more restrictive gun control laws, you are probably doing so, at least partly, on the assumption that what you acquire today will not be taken away even if gun laws make similar acquisitions more difficult in the future.
Similarly if you believe existing laws are likely more favorable than future laws will be, you probably want to put your affairs in order before any new laws come into force. After all, if you thought conditions will become more difficult for your goals, why run the risk of delaying action until it’s prohibited.
Among the many possible changes affecting our right to own firearms, the requirements for ownership of firearms currently regulated by the National Firearms Act (NFA) could undergo amendment. A wider range of firearms could become regulated by the NFA. Some restrictions may be lifted while others may be added. For trusts under the NFA, the CLEO signature might change at some unknown date, if at all, but your NFA ownership could become disclosed to your local Chief Law Enforcement Officer (CLEO)–unlike now. Also for trusts, new requirements for fingerprinting and mug shots could be added for the people involved.
Isn’t that one step forward and two steps back?
Meanwhile, the NFA owner would still need to worry about the possibility of a felony if he/she lacks ‘dominion and control’ over his NFA firearms due to actual or constructive possession by others. Also, it would seem, the NFA owner must become even more concerned about how firearms are inherited. In these respects, the Arsenal Gun Trust would become more important than ever.
In conclusion, just as a person may reasonably conclude now is the time to acquire firearms while supplies and the law allow, so should one take advantage of existing legal conditions now if one believes worse conditions are to come. We’re working every day to help clients get their affairs in order.
Taking a step forward today, could be better than making one step forward and two steps back tomorrow.
Arsenal Attorneys has the best clients of any law firm in the World. We’re talking about the gun owners who want to –
- ensure they comply with the law,
- avoid cutting corners,
- plan for contingencies,
- protect loved ones,
- promote safety, and
- preserve a legacy for the next generation.
In the current climate, Americans from across the country are contacting us in record numbers. We believe the type of clientele we serve should be the last people made to feel concerned about their rights and freedom. Unfortunately, times have changed, and they may change further. Many people contact us with serious concerns about the future, and we share their desire to seize the initiative. The determination of our clients is a source of optimism in believing our cause will endure.
We are particularly inspired by the activists among us. Even in distressing times, they fight the good fight with reason, spirit, and, perhaps not often enough, humor.
Our friend and client Ed is one such person. He is a vocal proponent of the Second Amendment, and he volunteers his time for many groups on the local, state and national levels. At the last local gun show, Ed echoed a message that needs repeating.
Q: What can stop a bad guy with a gun?
A: A good guy with a gun!
We’ve shared this message in appreciation of friends, clients, and activists who continue to do what they know is right — exercise and defend our freedom to the fullest.
– Arsenal Attorneys
Arsenal Attorneys had the pleasure of meeting Richard Heller of the landmark Supreme Court case District of Columbia v. Heller (2008).
The Heller decision stated that the Second Amendment guarantees an individual’s right to possess a firearm for traditionally lawful purposes, including self-defense in the home and within federal enclaves. This case gave rise to the Supreme Court’s later decision in McDonald v. Chicago (2010) in which it held that the Second Amendment extended beyond federal enclaves to the states.
Remarkably, this was the first Supreme Court case in US history to address whether the Second Amendment protects an individual right to keep and bear arms for self-defense.
The case arose when Dick Heller challenged the law of the District of Columbia prohibiting him from keeping a gun in his home for self-defense. Heller already carried a gun in federal office buildings while on duty as a licensed special police officer for the District of Columbia. While living in southeast D.C. near a public housing complex project since 1970, he had seen the neighborhood “transformed from a child-friendly welfare complex to a drug haven”. Heller believed the Constitution guaranteed his right to protect himself with a firearm inside his own home.
The prospects for his case were not always certain, but thanks to the personal resolve of Richard Heller and the dedication of his attorneys, we have a stronger basis to defend our freedom and safety.