31 July 2017

We recommend a recent Wall Street Journal article to all of our friends and clients--"Haven’t Updated Your Estate Plan in a While? It’s time. Many people wait until it’s too late, and leave a mess to their heirs. Many people wait until it’s too late, and leave a mess to their heirs."  

Just consider the many reasons why you need to create or update an estate plan:

  • Procrastination: Have you created an estate plan in the first place?  
  • Have you updated your estate plan since a birth, marriage, or divorce?
  • Has your wealth changed significantly?
  • Might you outlive your children?
  • Do your children have special needs?
  • Do you prefer a new person as the successor trustee, administrator, executor, guardian, etc. for you and/or your children?
  • Do you wish to make charitable gifts?

Arsenal Attorneys regularly helps clients with their estate planning needs, including wills, trusts, powers of attorney, medical directives, and more. Contact us to discuss your goals and questions.

 

31 July 2017

Arsenal Attorneys' George Lyon was interviewed on WMAL radio concerning the recent attack on congressmen by a gunman. Mr. Lyon discussed the difficulties of obtaining permits to carry concealed firearms in jurisdictions, like the District of Columbia, who have a 'may issue' policy rather than a 'shall issue' law requiring approval of applications by law-abiding citizens. Listen to the full interview at this link.

31 July 2017

DC residents and nonresidents alike will be interested to know how two recent decisions by the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on July 25, 2017 upheld rights under the Second Amendment to carry concealed firearms. The two cases, Wrenn v. D.C. and Grace v. D.C., challenged DC’s may issue concealed carry licensing scheme. In a nutshell, the Court held DC’s restrictive licensing scheme unconstitutional and ordered the District Court to permanently enjoin DC from enforcing its “good cause” requirement to obtain a concealed carry license.

 

"Even a person residing beside a drug den or who has previously been the victim of crime, likely would not qualify for a DC carry license."

 

 

DC was first compelled to issue carry licenses because of the Palmer v. D.C. decision in 2014. Arsenal Attorneys’ George Lyon was a plaintiff in Palmer. Begrudgingly, DC implemented very strict requirements for carry license applications. The good cause standard requires a resident or nonresident applicant to show he carries cash or other valuables on his person for business or has been personally threatened or has been a victim of crime needing to carry a handgun to protect himself from apprehended danger. Simply living in a high crime area, in other words most of DC, does not qualify. Even a person residing beside a drug den or who has previously been the victim of crime, likely would not qualify for a DC carry license without proof of a current threat or an extraordinary security need. These difficult requirements enabled DC to reject all but a very few applications.

19 July 2017

rtvi newsArsenal Attorneys' George Lyon appeared on the Russian independent TV network, RTVi, to debate gun rights in Russia. Several Eastern European countries, including Russia and the Czech Republic, have taken up the debate of whether to adopt legislation similar to America's Second Amendment.

One panelist in the RTVi debate asked Mr. Lyon why he would carry a firearm everyday. "Because a cop is too heavy," he responded. 

The full video can be found at this link

25 June 2017

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Arsenal Attorneys' Firearms Technology Expert Rick Vasquez will present his highly recommended seminar, "Introduction to the National Firarms Act and Its Processes," in the Houston area on July 17. Rick will address the following topics:

  • Defining NFA-regulated firearms and components
  • Marking firearms in accordance with the NFA
  • Purchasing an NFA firearm
  • Transporting NFA firearms across state lines
  • Filling out and using NFA forms
  • Fulfilling NFA licensing requirements
  • Learning pre- and post-1986 machine gun differences
  • Modifying a pre-1986 machine gun

To attend, contact Rick Vasquez at 540-535-6633.

25 June 2017

pistol silencerIn the last year, the regulation of firearms and trusts under the National Firearms Act (‘NFA’) underwent the greatest changes since the NFA’s first enactment in 1934. A trust remains the preferred solution for the lawful possession and inheritance of NFA firearms; however, most of the trusts in use today lack important protections for the new regulations. Fortunately, you can obtain a new trust or update your existing trust with the help of Arsenal Attorneys.

Even if you have a do-it-yourself trust, we can update your documents using the new design of our Arsenal Gun Trust, and, in the process, you’ll become a client of Arsenal Attorneys—with all the peace of mind that comes with using a leading national law firm in the field of firearms law and estate planning.

The new Arsenal Gun Trust minimizes the impact of the new regulations, known as 41F. Our design not only reduces the red tape of registering new NFA firearms, but there’s a more important and often overlooked benefit. The overwhelming majority of new and existing trusts would require people to provide fingerprints and photographs when they inherit your NFA firearms. You might understand NFA regulations, but will the people inheriting your gun collection understand the laws governing silencers, short barrel rifles, and machine guns?

Depending on the design of your NFA trust and state law, you and your successors can avoid these headaches. That’s why it’s important to use a lawyer, particularly from a law firm with a national practice, so you can determine how to choose the best state law available to you. Arsenal Attorneys are unique in offering direct attorney-client relationships in these matters in nearly every state where NFA firearms are owned. We use no middle man. We are not robots. We draft documents one at a time, personalized for each individual client and based on our years of experience serving thousands of gun owners nationwide. We’ve taught firearms law for the American Bar Association and the Federal Bar Association.

Arsenal logo reverse webFor a limited time only, Arsenal Attorneys is offering a special discounted consultation with one of our lawyers for $39.95* to discuss the new NFA regulations and our new Arsenal Gun Trust design. If you become our client to obtain a new Arsenal Gun Trust or to update your existing trust to become an Arsenal Gun Trust, we’ll credit that $39.95 toward those fees.

In addition to ATF’s new regulations for NFA firearms, we can discuss your other concerns related to gun trusts. Perhaps you need to amend the trust to update your address or remove a person. By drafting what lawyers call a ‘restatement’ of your trust, we could address all your needs in a single step. Contact Arsenal Attorneys today at 703-291-3312 or using our contact form. You may also visit our Arsenal Gun Trust page to learn more about our services and to complete our online questionnaire to begin the process of obtaining or updating a trust based on our exclusive Arsenal Gun Trust design.

*Consultations are conducted by telephon only for a maximum duration of 20 minutes. A credit card number is required to schedule an appointment.

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