inheriting firearms

Discussion in 'Firearms' started by TexasAggie, May 1, 2012.

  1. TexasAggie

    TexasAggie Monkey+++

    I will be inheriting some firearms shortly from an estate. What will I need?
  2. Mechwolf

    Mechwolf Monkey+

    kind of a vague question care to elaborate? Are you asking what legal remedies will you need to take? Do you have to let anyone know etc etc...?
  3. mongovb

    mongovb Monkey+

    Depends on what they are and laws in your state. Need more info.
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  4. hot diggity

    hot diggity Monkey+++ Site Supporter+++

    Provided you are not a felon or otherwise prohibited arms... A larger gun safe.

    Treasure your inheritance, bring them home yourself (No FFL = No 4473), enjoy them privately.

  5. chelloveck

    chelloveck Diabolus Causidicus

    A lot will depend on whether the firearms are already identified as having a registered owner in some local or state firearm registry. If it is, then you will probably be required to transfer the registered ownership formally as required by the law from the deceased owner to yourself. Complying with the law with regards to traceable firearms is invariably good policy.

    If the firearm is unregistered and not traceable....(if the items are specifically mentioned in the will or have been inventoried by the executor / estate administrator then they may possibly be considered as being traceable) then you have decisions to make. As it would be improper of me to give counsel that would condone or encourage illegal conduct, all I can say is, that the relevant laws ought be complied with.

  6. mongovb

    mongovb Monkey+

    Unless they are being sent to you from out of state then an FFL is required. I believe guns made pre 1899 are considered antiques and do not need to be transferred by an FFL state to state. Someone correct me if Im wrong. Communist California and New York may be the exception.
  7. VisuTrac

    VisuTrac Ваша мать носит военные ботинки Site Supporter+++

    It all comes down to your state laws and those of the where the estate is.
    Do your due diligence. We don't want to be reading about you on the BATFE website.
  8. goinpostal

    goinpostal Monkey+++

    If the firearms,and yourself are in Texas,I'm pretty sure it's none of anyones buisness,unless they are classIII/need a tax stamp.
    Check over at either the NRA,orGOA websites.They'll know,or find out for you.Someone running a gun shop should know as well,being they deal with transfers.
  9. fedorthedog

    fedorthedog Monkey+++

    If you are in the Peoples Republic of Kalifornia the transfer needs to go thru a dealer, so hope your in Texas.
  10. TexasAggie

    TexasAggie Monkey+++

    In Texas and all heirs and estate are in Texas.
  11. Pax Mentis

    Pax Mentis Philosopher King |RIP 11-4-2017

    Then whoever said "a larger gun safe" had the correct answer.
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  12. cdwoods

    cdwoods Monkey+

    Sorry for the loss, but enjoy your new toys. You gotta love Texas.
  13. Hosster

    Hosster Monkey

    What you need to do is quote me some
  14. As far as I am concerned:

    1. Place to keep em

    2. Ammo

    3. Possibly reloading supplies and thing like holsters or slings.

    I would go pick them up, never have them shipped to me.
  15. ditch witch

    ditch witch I do stupid crap, so you don't have to

    A congratulations card and a six pack of Shiner is in order.
  16. Clyde

    Clyde Jet Set Tourer Administrator Founding Member

    Since the guns were given to you prior to the "estate" It is great to know they were not part of it. For those parents who are older, gifting these "treasures" by hand off prior to the last breath is a better plan than leaving them in the safe until you die.

    I met a guy in Michigan whose father was a gun collector. In fact, his father had collected guns since the 1930s. His father only shot a few of the guns. After his passing, their entire basement and the children's bedrooms had been converted to storage for the guns. He had over 900 guns and 4 were donated to the Winchester museum because they were "NIB".
  17. TexasAggie

    TexasAggie Monkey+++

    The guns are from the estate.
  18. Matteo10572

    Matteo10572 Monkey+

    You may want to stock up on ammo
  19. ghrit

    ghrit Bad company Administrator Founding Member

    True. For one thing, they are part of the assets at death and therefore are subject to probate (and possible tax if the estate is large enough, and it completely avoids hassles between the heirs.) Also, since part of the assets, the average lawyer bases his fee on the value of the estate (negotiable, of course, but who thinks of that at the time? Yes, I know this.) No point to help him out there that I can see. Early, i.e., before death, is a good way to distribute items of value over and above what might be needed for living out the allotted time.
  20. Clyde

    Clyde Jet Set Tourer Administrator Founding Member

    I recognize they are assets of the estate and bound by the rules. My point was to make a note to future "estate"ers. A slow handout of items like this is a good policy.
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