Firearms have been a part of southern culture for generations. CBS News ranked jurisdictions across the United States by the number of firearms relative to state population. (Findings based on data retrieved from the ATF’s National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record as well as the recent U.S. Census.) Our gun trust law firm takes a closer look at the southeastern U.S. region:
- Alabama (7th nationally) – 20 guns per 1,000 residents
- Georgia (13th nationally) – 14.6 guns per 1,000 residents
- South Carolina (21st nationally) – 11.6 guns per 1,000 residents
- Tennessee (25th nationally) – 11.3 guns per 1,000 residents
- North Carolina (28th nationally) – 11.1 guns per 1,000 residents
- Florida (30th nationally) – 10.2 guns per 1,000 residents
- Mississippi (42nd nationally) – 6:8 guns per 1,000 residents
Firearms collections in estates can cause serious legal complications for surviving family members if the collector did not make proper arrangements. Whether the collection includes modern rifles, antique firearms, or military items, a gun trust can ensure legal compliance and preserve the collection. Gun trusts can be created for NFA and non-NFA items and can be tailored to address the specific guns held in trust. These tools help guide family or trusted persons named in the trust in the event the settlor dies or becomes incapacitated.
With a high concentration of firearms ownership in the South, gun owners should discuss their collections during an estate plan review. Individuals concerned about confidentiality can read more about the privacy of gun trusts. It is not mandatory to disclose each type of firearm to a gun trust attorney, although it is beneficial for the most effective planning.