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Inheriting guns from dad

Discussion in 'Legal' started by Geckgo, Mar 16, 2011.

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  1. Geckgo

    Geckgo Member

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    Hi all,

    My dad passed today, and I toted my but off the rig and all the way to Illinois as fast as I could. There are a lot of things that we are going through right now, but one question that came up is dad's gun collection. A 20ga break action, a Mossy 500, a ruger .22 bolt, and an LCP .380. I've been digging around here for a little bit and can't seem to find exactly what I'm looking for, plus I'm tired and emotional right now, so maybe yall can help me out.


    I'll try to list the important details as I get/know them, here's what I got so far...

    I mentioned the guns to be specific, and also I live in Louisiana. The LCP is a handgun, but ownership in IL is no different from any other firearm I think.

    My brother, sister and mother have no use for the guns, and it was kind of decided that I'm the gun guy and I should get them out of the house.

    We have not found a will yet, and are not sure if the old man had written one. We are pretty sure it did, but we need to find it, and who he left stuff too. Or if it all goes to my mother, can she "refuse reciept" and then just pass it down the line till it gets to me? I read this on another post but not sure about it.


    long story short, do I need to UPS the guns to my FFL and pay the transfer fee on them, or is there a way that I can just drive them back to LA with me, etc. etc. Just trying to see what the proper way of taking care of this is.

    ,thanks
     
  2. Bubbles

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    I am sorry for your loss.

    If your dad died intestate (without a will) the state's laws cover who gets what. It looks like in IL that your mom would get half of your dad's estate, with the other half divided evenly between you and any siblings. So, if no other relative wants the guns then they can certainly be given to you.

    Federal law permits you, as a lawful heir, to travel to your dad's residence, retrieve the firearms, and take them home. The executor (probably your mom) is not permitted to ship them to you. I'm not familiar with Louisiana state laws regarding firearm registration or private transfers, or even if there are any. I think you do need to let the state of IL know what happened to the guns since they'll be listed on your dad's FOID.

    I would strongly suggest that your mom get an attorney to help her through this process. My mom died intestate, I ended up as an exector, and the attorney's help was invaluable in getting things settled.
     
  3. rogertc1

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    If your mom does not have a FOID she can't own the guns in IL. She could possible get arrested. Make sure she has one.
     
  4. Geckgo

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    rogertc1, I didn't even consider that yesterday, so I'll prolly Have to take them. My brother's wife won't abide guns and my sister doesn't want them either. We may be talking to a lawer today, who knows. Thanks guys for the info.
     
  5. NavyLCDR

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    Very sorry for your loss.

    Illinois state law gives you 60 days to sort it out:

    Once it is determined that you are the legal heir of the firearms, you have a three choices to get them to Louisiana. You and only you can ship them to yourself from Illinois to Louisiana. They can be sent to you c/o another person, and that other person should not open the package, but only hold it for you, but you must be the person doing the shipping.

    Anyone can ship the firearms to a Louisiana FFL for transfer to you. You will have to fill out the form 4473 and pass the NICS background check.

    You can retrieve the guns yourself, and drive them back to Louisiana, or transport them in checked baggage on aircraft or AMTRAK. 18 USC 922 (a)(3) allows this:

    http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/html/uscode18/usc_sec_18_00000922----000-.html

    Once you possess the firearms in Louisiana, there is nothing, according to Louisiana state that that you are required to do.

    Without an FOID in Illinois, the guns should be kept unloaded, in locked cases, and ammo separate from the guns.
     
  6. brickeyee

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    The executor can transfer the guns directly to an heir, no FFL required.

    If he died intestate your om will likely need to petition to be named executor.

    Transfers on death are on of the few exceptions to the normal federal interstate transfer rules.
     
  7. NavyLCDR

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    The way I understand intestate succession is that the state law or court IS the executor. The state law or court decides who gets what property. So, if state law said that without a will, mom is the inheritor of the estate... then mom is the inheritor of the guns and she is the only person who would fall under the inheritance exceptions in state and federal firearms laws. In that case, she would have to transfer the firearms to the son via an FFL because the son is not a resident of the same state as mom. In that case, if the whole procedure was going to take more than 60 days, mom would have to get an Illinois FOID.

    If state law or the court said that the estate could be divided between the mom and children, then the guns could be directly inherited by the son with no need for an FFL or Illinois FOID.

    http://www.lectlaw.com/def/i063.htm

     
  8. HankB

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    Sorry for your loss.

    Unless there is squabbling among the widow and children, I see no reason to involve lawyers/the State in divvying up property that isn't titled (such as house, car, etc.) or subject to Federal restrictions (machine gun, SBR, etc., probably not an issue in Illinois.)

    Put firearms & ammo in trunk. Drive home. Enjoy them and remember your Dad when you use them.
     
  9. NavyLCDR

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    ^^^^^ that's what I would do.
     
  10. gbran

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    Geez, even us poor serfs in CA don't have it this bad. What a bunch of inflexible crap.......... a loved one dies and the other is an instant criminal.
     
  11. NavyLCDR

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    No. There is a 60 day grace period in Illinois before the surviving party becomes a criminal.
     
  12. splithoof

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    Unloaded, locked in trunk, drive home. Second trip comes any ammo. Keep the filthy governmental political mitts out of your familys affairs. They have no need to know, so why create a paper blizzard?
    We pray for your circumstance, and wish you all the best.
     
  13. webfox

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    I'm sorry to hear of your loss.

    The executor of your father's estate (probably your mother?) will have to transfer ownership to you through an FFL. For the pistol, you will probably need a permit in your own county before it can be transferred to you.

    That's all.

    As far as traveling from state to state, they should be locked in the trunk, unloaded, and possibly disassembled, depending on the state you are passing through.



    Take care.
     
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    Have a safe trip!! I'm really sorry about your loss, Geckgo!! My prayers are with you and your family!!

    In times like this, these words give me immense comfort: "Don't worry about anything, but in all your prayers ask God for what you need, always asking him with a thankful heart. And God's peace, which is far beyond human understanding, will keep your hearts and minds safe in union with Christ Jesus." Philippians 4:6-7.
     
  15. Cop Bob

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    Sorry for your loss... Losing Dad's are tough...

    I am assuming that an FOID is a Firearms Owner I.D. card or license... I really don't see where this is much of an issue. Louisiana does not require them and they won't check.

    If the other family members agree to it, knock out a written agreement between them, each signing (so that a Family squabble later does not interfere, experience and observations tell me that it is an emotional time, and people change, especially when money and estates are involved..)

    Then take them back to Louisiana. If everyone is in agreement, I would not even list them in the Estate paperwork filed in IL.. What IL don't know won't hurt them. But all Family members need to agree and sign off..

    It is mind over matter, If they (family) don't mind, it don't matter...
     
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    I agree with Cop Bob: Family agrees, (in writing) empty, and in your trunk, federal interstate transportation rules apply.. Part of an inheritance you do not need an FFL. Also agree, no need to even list it as an asset of the diseased. LA doesn't care, you can care less what IL thinks, you are not in their juristiction. (just get them out of state within that 60 day grace period)

    I inherited an old 32 S&W from my mom's uncle in Sweden a few years ago...that was a bit different... that pistol is still in Sweden.
     
  17. Top_Gunn

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    I am sometimes amazed at the willingness of people to post answers even though they have no idea what they are talking about.

    1. If you can qualify as an heir of the guns (unclear on these facts, but probably you can), the executor, who will be appointed by the court, can transfer them to you without going through an FFL, as several previous posters have noted. If there's no will, you will be an heir, and part of your share of the assets can be the guns.

    2. Whether you need some sort of permit to receive them is a question of La. law. I'd be very surprised if you did, but I don't know for sure.

    3. You certainly don't have to disassemble your guns (let alone "possibly disassemble" them ???) for interstate transportation if they are unloaded and in your trunk. This is governed by federal, not state, law. In fact, if it's in the trunk the case doesn't have to be locked, but it would be a good idea to lock it anyway because of an odd federal law about school zones.
     
  18. Geckgo

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    The real pain in the but about all of this is that none of us kids want anything, we just want our dad back. We have decided to turn one room of mom's house into sort of a "jam session" room and hang all the guitars up and move all of the music equipment into that room and things like that. My siblings basically told me, if she wants to you can take her out and get her a FOID and teach her how to shoot, etc etc, or just get the guns out of the house as she has never had any desire to touch them anyways. As much as I would love teaching my mom to defend her household against the very unlikely event of a break-in in that neighborhood (like 20 people that know eachother all out in the middle of nowhere), both my brother and I know the woman's mind and that she is not up to it and she has no desire to even mess with guns.

    We want to keep most of the "estate" in her name and with all of us being near broke after the funeral, don't want to get wrapped up with lawers and such. As far as I have read, here and elsewhere, in Illinois the spouse and surviving children are all heirs entitled to various portions of the estate as far as the law is concerned. If anyone would ask in LA where I got the guns I could just say I inherited from my father with no ill effect, and if that were my share of the "estate" then I don't see any illegalities. Maybe people out there with more experience in this arena can tell me, but do we NEED to go down to the courthouse and name my mother "executer" and such, or can we just decide among ourselfs (Mom, me, and siblings) who gets what and do it?
     
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    What you propose is the way most non-rich people handle inheritances. I'm not knowledgeable about Illinois inheritance laws, so I can't give you an authoritative opinion. But I suppose I can say that I don't know of any reason why what you propose would violate any law or make you something other than an heir, if there's no will and if your dad didn't have creditors. It might be best to get your mother appointed as the estate's administrator if you could do it without a lot of expense. Unless there are major creditors or some sort of dispute, it really shouldn't cost much to do that. If there's a law school near where you are, their legal aid clinic might be able to help.

    (My previous post used the term "executor"; it should have been "administrator" in the absence of a will. Not that it matters a lot. Or at all.)
     
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    When My FIL (he as only 53) died intestate, the state law was 1/2 to the widow, 1/2 to any and all children equally. What my wife and her brothers and sister did was (yes they used a lawyer, I think it cost them $200) write up a paper disclaiming any and all of their share of the inheritance. Funtionally, my wife's mom legally got everything that way.

    It doesn't matter on very many things, but the car(s) and the real estate, it is very important to do it correctly. Call around and find a sympathetc lawyer. (yes they do exist) It will probably take his legal assistant 15 minutes to do it correctly. OK?
     
  21. Geckgo

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    I can stomach 200 bucks, maybe monday my brother and I will go shopping lawyers, just to see what they say.
     
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    Thus far there seems to be 2 main questions:

    1. How best to handle your dad's modest intestate estate?
    2. How to legally transfer your dad's firearms to you.

    A lawyer will greatly help the process in terms of doing the rights things efficiently. State laws vary, but for my dad we had to post a public notice in the newspaper for 30days that essentially says that after the estate is settled, no creditors can may a claim against the estate. This was to protect the estate and the heirs from any nonsense.

    You may also want to consider having a simple will made for your mother. You and your siblings should also have one in your repspective states of residence.

    As other have stated, you may take possession of the firearms without FFL transfer, subject to law in your home state of LA. Just remove them from IL within 60 day and observe interstate transport laws (http://www.nraila.org/GunLaws/Federal/Read.aspx?id=59) on the trip home.

    It sounds like you have good family that is working together, which is a huge blessing.
     
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    Louisiana, with the exception of at least immediate post Katrina New Orleans, is probably one of the most gun friendly states.

    Being a former La native, I would just pack them in the trunk and take them back home with me. Long guns you could mail to yourself, handguns, no per postal regulations. Just be sure your mother and siblings are in agreement.

    If anything comes up about value of estate, just deduct their used value from your share of any inheritance.
     
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    now set up a living tust for anything else like cars,house,retirement benefits etc.if she has to go to a nursing home under institutionalized medicare/medicaid,they will take everything.trust avoids all the pitfalls
     
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    Given a small estate, what advantage would a trust have compared to an adult child with Power of Attorney for the surviving parent? Even more important to consider is an Advance Directive for each member of the family.
     
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