On October 11th, 2013, Governor Brown tackled one of the most comprehensive gun control packages that our country, let alone the state of California has ever seen. This package included 14 proposed laws; 7 of which were signed and the other 7 vetoed. To shed light on the new face of gun ownership, a few of the most controversial additions include: all long gun “buyers” are required to obtain a safety certificate similar to that which is already required of handgun purchasers, standard magazine to high capacity magazine conversion kits have been banned, all lead ammunition for hunting has been banned, and a person who is temporarily prohibited from owning or possessing a firearm shall transfer his ownership and possession to a licensed firearms dealer for storage.
As if this new legislative scheme is not restrictive enough, gun control activists seek to fully outlaw semi-auto rifles with detachable magazines and add DUI, alcohol related offenses and drug charges to the list of people prohibited from owning a firearm. California is not alone on the front of the erosion of gun ownership. Recently, similar efforts have taken place in New York. Now the state of New York has required the firearms of a deceased person to be handed over to the government or to go through an extremely complicated and expensive process of asking the courts permission to pass the firearms down to heirs. Facing the complete erasure of our second amendment rights, lawful gun owners are left asking the question: What can we do?
While it appears that the legislative world around us is changing, there are certain precautions that we can take to hold on to our rights as long as possible. One way to do this is to create a firearms trust. On its most basic level, a firearms trust allows gun owners to pass their firearms down through the generations without involving transfer fees or court procedures. The right to inherit guns has already been taken away in New York and may soon appear here in California. A firearms trust also allows multiple people to legally possess and transport a firearm, prevents the dreaded “accidental felony”, and is a technique to protect your firearms from future legislation. A firearms trust is a separate legal entity to itself which is how so many of the legal hurdles that individuals face are avoided. As the trustor of a firearms trust, you will retain all legal rights of ownership of the gun as well as enjoy the benefits of the protection of the trusts’ entity status. Our rights and traditions are worth protecting!