View Full Version : Question About a Will and FFLs

03-07-2012, 9:16 AM
A local guy has been diagnosed with a terminal disease. His mother wants nothing to do with his firearms. She wants me to deal with them. If he bequeaths them to me, as an FFL, am I still able to PPT to others the non-roster handguns?

03-07-2012, 11:30 AM
I would say yes since they would be personally given to you. You would still need to log that you acquired the firearms in your bound book (depending on how you are licensed).

His mother could also just fill out the DROS worksheet and consign them to you, if you have the secondhand dealer license.

03-07-2012, 2:29 PM
This is really too early be talking with the mother about it since the man is close to death. I'll wait until she contacts me later. Thanks though.

03-07-2012, 3:37 PM
This sounds insensitive - but as a trust/estate lawyer, I can tell you that it's MUCH easier to deal with this sort of stuff while he's alive and competent to sign documents. Do it now, if it's important to the son that his wishes be carried out. If he doesn't care, Mom can (and probably will) drop the guns off at a police station and they'll get melted down or sold as surplus.

When she says "deal with them", does that mean that they are a gift to you to do with as you please, or you are supposed to sell them and give the $ to Mom, or ..?

The easiest way to handle this is for him to give/transfer them to you now, while he can still sign documents and can do whatever it is that he wants. If he's planning on writing some random crap on a napkin and calling it his "will", you have months or years of bureacratic BS in your future.

Also, you need to figure out if you're talking about registered (or unregistered!) AW's, as that would be a whole new set of problems.

03-07-2012, 3:52 PM
She is so distraught right now I don't want to even bring it up again. She knows I here and I will do what I can for here when the time comes.

Thanks for the input.