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The official Frantz, McConnell, and Seymour, LLP blog.

If I Can’t Buy a Gun, Can I Legally Possess One?

If I Can’t Buy a Gun, Can I Legally Possess One?

From time to time, the question comes up, can a person who cannot pass a background check to purchase a firearm, legally possess the firearms he already owns?  The answer lies in the federal legislation that regulates firearm purchases and possession, chiefly 18 U.S. Code § 922, part of the Gun Control Act of 1968.  (Yes, it’s almost 50 years old).

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Potential Legal Traps for Executors Distributing Firearms from an Estate

Potential Legal Traps for Executors Distributing Firearms from an Estate

In Tennessee, like most states, estates frequently include the decedent’s firearms. There are legal concerns for the executor1  concerning distributing the firearms to beneficiaries or heirs of an estate.  These can involve a beneficiary who is disqualified from possessing a firearm, or too young to take possession.  There may even be concerns about the legality of the firearm itself, see What Do You Do with Grandpa's Machine Gun.  

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