August 13, 2018: Jeff Collins, Gun Collecting and Appraisal.
Robyn Braley introduced our guest speaker, Jeff Collins, who is a former CBC Radio host.
Jeff came to Calgary to host the Eye-Opener early morning radio show just in time for the Olympics in 1988. Later, after some time in South America, he returned to Calgary as host of The Homestretch.
In the early 90s, Jeff attended a gun show at the Stampede Corral. He was fascinated by the range of guns and was introduced to the gun collecting community. Later, he got his firearms dealers licence and has been active on the collecting front ever since.
An offshoot (no pun intended) is his business as a consultant for estates evaluating firearms. He has been operating under Bang Bang Consulting since 2009: Identification, Disposition, Acquisition, Help and Advice.
Jeff provided a very interesting and informative overview of his passion with firearms. He told several stories of people who had to deal with firearms left in an estate.
Responsibilities of an Executor:
Inheriting a Firearm:
‘Firearms’ are defined in the Canadian Criminal Code. Unfortunately, there are many prohibited firearms and weapons in distribution. A comprehensive listing, descriptions and definitions of prohibited, restricted and non-restricted firearms are listed in the schedule Regulations Prescribing Certain Firearms and other Weapons, Components and Parts of Weapons, Accessories, Cartridge Magazines, Ammunition and Projectiles as Prohibited or Restricted.
As well, the RCMP has prepared and made available excellent guides on how to identify and dispose of restricted or prohibited weapons, and provides very specific procedures to follow when permitted firearms are transferred to any beneficiary. Indeed, the heir must notify the Chief Firearms Officer of the province seeking approval to have any restricted or prohibited firearms transferred and registered to him or her. This process is mandatory in order to ensure the heir is eligible to own the firearm.
If the heir resides in a foreign country, the executor must ensure the foreign jurisdiction allows the firearm to be imported.
If there are no heirs, no qualified heirs, or should the named beneficiary refuse the firearm, a few options are available to the executor.
The Vital Four Acts of Firearm Safety (ACTS):
Conclusion: Guns don’t kill people. People kill people
Marvin Pawlivsky expressed the thanks of the club, and presented Jeff with our world famous Boltman.
reported by Mike Carlin
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