My husband’s father passed recently. His wife needs help paying off medical debts, so we were discussing an estate sale. The grey area I’m concerned with is his weapons stash. There is a school bus full of various guns and ammo on the property. I thought about just calling the auction house and seeing what they could do with them, but I’m worried that there could be illegal items in the collection. Is there a way to take care of it without any of us getting into legal trouble? I have no idea what’s in there. I need to go catalog.
Condolences on the passing of your father-in-law. You’re facing the unpleasant reality of not only losing a loved one, but also dealing with some complex post-death legal procedures. Plus, apparently, you’ve got a school bus full of deadly weapons and their explosion-driven projectiles-in-waiting.
This is a new one on me, both legal-issue-wise and gun-wise. (And, I guess, bus-wise: My knowledge in this area is limited to the Merry Pranksters’ Furthur bus, the Partridge Family Bus—which effectively gave birth to the cultural blight of Danny Bonaduce—and School Bus #29 of the Ball-Chatham School District, where I re-learned daily that hell is other children.) But it’s important to note that this question isn’t really about busses or guns. It’s about death, what your father-in-law did to prepare for it, and the resulting consequences.
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