***This is a true story. None of the facts were changed or embellished.***
Once upon a time, there was a firearms enthusiast. He shopped at Fighting Sheep Dog. He purchased several firearms over the years, both at FSD and at other stores. The customer was a law-abiding citizen in good health and was loved by all who knew him.
The customer decided to purchase an AR pistol and convert it to a short barreled rifle. FSD sold him a gun trust and helped him file to obtain his SBR paperwork from the ATF. The customer paid the $200 tax stamp. FSD engraved his firearm. The customer waited patiently and eventually, the ATF granted his wish for an SOT stamp. FSD called the customer to come pick up his SBR.
Suddenly and unexpectedly, the customer passed away.
As the customer was the sole occupant of the home at the time, the police confiscated all of the deceased customer’s firearms…except for the SBR. The SBR went to the trustee and beneficiary of the gun trust that the customer purchased at FSD.
Unfortunately, the SBR was the ONLY firearm in the trust at the time because the deceased customer hadn’t gotten around to adding the rest of his firearms to the trust. The remainder of the firearms were distributed to the customers’ family members – none of whom had any contact with or interest in the customer when he was still with us.
The moral of the story?
- Always have a trust – even if you don’t have any suppressors, SBRs, or SBS’ yet. They take 10 minutes to set up and mean everything to the protection of your firearms and other serialized items.
- Always have a plan for your estate – even if you don’t think you have anything worth planning for yet. Tomorrow is promised to no one and having a plan for the SBR is what helped the beneficiary be able to take possession of it. If he’d had the rest of his guns in the trust, there would be a completely different ending to the story.
- Always make sure everyone involved in your estate planning is aware of what should happen if something happens to you. The beneficiary of the trust in this case knew that he needed to contact an attorney and then FSD in order to obtain possession of the item because he and the customer had talked about it ahead of time.
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