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American Bar Association

NFA Gun Trusts: Protecting Your Client's Firearms for the Future Under New and Pending Regulations

Date: Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Format: Live Webinar
Duration: 90 minutes


The American Bar Association Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Division and Center for Professional Development

1:00 PM-2:30 PM Eastern

12:00 PM-1:30 PM Central

11:00 AM-12:30 PM Mountain

10:00 AM-11:30 AM Pacific

Program Description

In recent years gun trusts have come to prominence in estate planning for gun collections and as a means to comply with federal laws on select firearms. The National Firearms Act (NFA) was passed in 1934 with amendments in 1968 and 1986, and Title 2 of the NFA regulates silencers, machine guns, and short-barreled rifles and shotguns, among other firearms, which compose a fast growing segment of the gun market. The NFA has strict requirements and severe penalties making it crucial that those who draft these instruments understand the NFA regulatory scheme as well as state specific requirements. This CLE program will be a comprehensive discussion of the purpose, design, and use of NFA trusts/gun trusts. Topics will include new and pending regulations concerning NFA firearms and trusts and drafting tips for essential provisions. Also included will be material on what ATF looks for when reviewing these trusts and what provisions should be included regardless of ATF or state law requirements.

Program Faculty

Matthew Bergstrom, Managing Attorney, Arsenal Attorneys, Fairfax, VA

John Pierce, Owner, The Law Office of John Pierce, Esq., Bristol, VA

Rew R. Goodenow (Moderator), Shareholder, Parsons Behle & Latimer, Reno, NV

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The ABA will seek 1.5 hours of general CLE credit in 60-minute states and 1.8 hours of CLE credit in 50-minute states. Credit hours granted are subject to each state’s approval and credit rounding rules.

New York: This non-transitional CLE program is approved for experienced NY attorneys in accordance with the requirements of the New York State CLE Board for 1.5 New York CLE credits. Newly admitted attorneys may not earn New York credit for this non-transitional CLE program. All attorneys may click here to view additional MCLE information for your jurisdiction

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Registration Options

- Individual
- Group
- CD-ROM (Pre-Orders)

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Monday - Friday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM Eastern
Event Code: cet4gun
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