What Do I Do With My Dead Father-In-Law’s School Bus Full Of Guns?

August 20, 2015

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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Illustration by Sam Woolley.

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