How Do I Select a Gun Trust And Firearms Attorney In Connecticut ?
Before choosing a gun trust or firearms attorney in Connecticut, clients should question their potential attorney about the attorney’s prior experience with gun laws.
At a minimum, they should ask the following questions:
1) Where did you learn about the gun laws?
2) Do you have any gun-related criminal law background?
3) Have you written any articles or taught gun law classes?
4) What estate or business gun-law related issues have you resolved for your former clients?
If your estate or business involves firearms in Connecticut, make sure your attorney is well-versed in both state and federal gun laws. After all, there are thousands of gun laws on the books, and without some prior experience, you should question the attorney’s ability to protect you. Remember, each attorney’s particular knowledge and experience that they can offer to their clients is different, and not all gun trusts are created equal.
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Gun Trust In Connecticut For Firearms That Are Subject To The National Firearms Act
Gun owners in Connecticut who are considering adding an NFA firearm (firearms subject to the National Firearms Act) to their collection should consider creating a gun trust before they make the acquisition.
The most popular NFA firearms in Connecticut are suppressors, short-barreled rifles, short-barreled shotguns, and fully automatic firearms. The National Firearms Act was passed by Congress in 1934. The NFA imposed a special tax on NFA firearms, and restricts the possession and transfer of NFA firearms to the person who has paid the tax. If you are considering acquiring or building an NFA firearm, you need to know the laws that pertain to these special firearms. Readers are encouraged to read Alexandria Kincaid’s book, “Infringed” to more fully understand the laws, including the NFA, and avoid committing an accidental felony.
What Special Laws Apply to NFA Firearms In Connecticut ?
The National Firearms Act (NFA) regulates the possession, use, and transfer of several different types of firearms in Connecticut. These firearms are commonly referred to as “Title II” firearms and include machine guns, short-barreled rifles and shotguns, suppressors, destructive devices, and “any other weapons” (AOWs). State laws may also further restrict the possession and use of these weapons. In many states, it is legal to own and use
suppressors, destructive devices, and AOWs as long as the NFA regulations are followed.
Gun owners in Connecticut wishing to acquire Title II firearms can do so by registering the firearm in their own name or in the name of an entity. If you choose to acquire the NFA firearm in your own name, you must submit fingerprints, a photograph, pay a $200 application fee/tax, and obtain the signature of the Chief Law Enforcement Officer (CLEO) in the jurisdiction where you live. In some cities and counties, the CLEO signature is very hard, if not impossible, to obtain.
The Best Way To Own Title II Firearms In Connecticut
Even when you can obtain the CLEO signature, individual ownership is not the best way to own Title II firearms in Connecticut. Only the individual in whose name the firearm is registered will be entitled to possess the NFA firearms. Leaving these firearms accessible to other people living in your home can be a crime.
As a result of the drawbacks of individual ownership, combined with the CLEO non-participation in the application process, many gun owners in Connecticut have resorted to forming an entity to purchase and hold Title II firearms. There are several advantages to using an entity to purchase and hold NFA items:
• No fingerprints are required.
• No photographs are required.
• No CLEO signature is required.
• In contrast to individual ownership, multiple people may possess the firearms.
The question then becomes which type of entity is best to hold Title II firearms In Connecticut. The answer is usually a firearms trust
Business entities such as corporations and limited liability companies (LLCs) in Connecticut can be used to obtain Title II firearms. The problem with these entities is that they all require fees and a public record with the state. You must pay an initial fee to form the entity and in many states, a yearly fee to maintain it. Further, these types of entities are designed to earn money rather than to hold, share, and distribute firearms.
Business entities in region~ rarely address what will happen to the firearm when the creator of the entity becomes incapacitated or dies. Despite these drawbacks, some gun owners choose to use a business entity due to the ability to obtain asset protection of the firearms with such an entity. When gun owners create an LLC to hold firearms, the LLC is still often combined with a gun trust, so the gun owner receives the best of both worlds: asset protection and estate planning combined.
Gun Trust In Connecticut Can Be Kept Private
In contrast, a trust does not require any fees with the state and can be kept private. Because trusts in Connecticut are primarily an estate-planning tool, they are designed to hold, share, and distribute assets. A proper gun trust will address what happens to the firearms when the creator of the trust becomes incapacitated or dies. While a person could use a free trust provided by a gun shop (which is the “unauthorized practice of law”) or downloads one from a discount online source, these products do not protect a person’s family and friends adequately.
A proper firearms trust is designed for owning, sharing, and eventually distributing firearms, ammunition, and accessories.
This Article Is Provided by Attorney Alex Kincaid
Connecticut State Constitutional Provision: “Every citizen has a right to bear arms in defense of himself and the state.”
Connecticut, by law, is a May-Issue state, as state statutes contain a suitability clause for the issuance of a Connecticut State Permit to Carry Pistols and Revolvers. This means state and local authorities have some of the broadest powers in the nation to deny, delay issuance of, or revoke a permit. After the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in December 2012, Connecticut passed gun laws in April 2013 that made it amongst the most restrictive in the country.
One Connecticut gun manufacturer is making good on its promise to move in response to the state's new firearm regulations, and others say they may follow as dozens of states recruit them with reduced taxes, cheaper living costs and loans on easy terms. "It's night and day from Connecticut," said PTR Chief Executive Josh Fiorini, who said the company had fielded offers from more than 40 other states. "The average local citizen here is excited about industrial jobs, coupled with an excitement about our product line. Everybody wants to talk to you. Everybody wants a gun."
As the Connecticut legislature starts to pat its self on the back for what they think was a job well done, I wonder if they even once thought of the financial backlash of lost jobs their actions will have on the state’s economy. What do they say to the hundreds and possibly thousands of workers who already have and those that may lose their jobs when several of the state’s gun manufactures move to another state? Would they take the same action if it were their jobs on the line, a career politician, not in a million years!
The gun control battle has shifted from Capitol Hill to the states, where both sides have gone to court to challenge laws passed in the wake of December’s school shooting in Connecticut.
On April 4, 2013 Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy (D) signed the inappropriately named “Act Concerning Gun Violence Prevention and Children’s Safety.” On May 22, 2013 a coalition of law-abiding gun owners led by the Coalition of Connecticut Sportsmen and the Connecticut Citizen’s Defense League, along with businesses and individuals, filed suit to strike down this new burden to lawful gun ownership. Most recently, a coalition of gun rights groups and supporters filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Bridgeport against Connecticut’s new bans on military-style, semi-automatic rifles and high-capacity magazines. The people are pushing back.
The “Constitution State’s” unconstitutional legislation is a wide-ranging attack on the Second Amendment that seeks to burden law-abiding gun owners. Learn more about Gun rights in Connecticut by Joining US Precision Defense.
There is hope for pro-gun law abiding citizens in Connecticut; Although Democrats and progressives have claimed politicians who oppose gun control will lose their offices at the hands of angry, pro-gun control Americans in coming elections, a pro-gun Republican just won in Connecticut. It is the first time a Republican has held the seat in 40 years. Samuel Belsito won the Connecticut State Legislature's 53rd District in a special election to replace Democrat representative Bryan Hurlburt. Belsito's election runs 100% counter to the argument that pro-gun positions will hurt politicians in Connecticut.
The pro-gun groups in Connecticut are organizing and joining forces to protect their 2nd amendment rights; A coalition of gun owners and gun rights groups are suing the governor of Connecticut and other state officials, contending that sweeping gun control laws passed in the wake of the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary school are unconstitutional. “We feel that the law that was passed by the Connecticut State Legislature and then signed into law by Governor Dannel Malloy is unconstitutional and we seek to have the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution supersede the law that was passed”.
Hartford Courant; An estimated 1,000 gun owners amassed in a flag-waving, often raucous show of strength at the state Capitol as part of a national "Gun Appreciation Day" aimed at countering a growing political appetite for stricter gun-control laws. "They don't care about your rights. They don't care about your freedom. They only care about getting guns out of your hands to make you easier to control,"
Interesting point, Connecticut allows for guns in schools legally; Backers of laws allowing concealed handguns in schools, colleges and other places where they are banned say they could deter or limit mass shootings, especially where only the gunman is armed. Connecticut law allows guns at public or private schools if the person has a firearm carrying permit and obtains school permission. Permit holders must be at least 21 and pass a criminal background test.
Connecticut has become the state that is being watched by not only Congress but the entire county. With recent legislation the state now has some of the most restrictive gun laws of any state in the country, and it has now come to the point that the legislature has gone too far in the view of many 2nd amendment rights advocates who are staring to gather support for changes in the law. US Precision Defense tracks the changes of all states laws and political 2nd amendment movements and shares the data with all our members.