When attorney Dennis Brislawn unexpectedly came across an innovative way to protect Second Amendment firearm rights, he didn’t waste time.
Brislawn was in a gun shop in Seattle, just across Lake Washington from his Bellevue office, when a customer uttered two words that grabbed his attention: “gun trust.”
“I whipped my head around,” Brislawn told WND in an interview, “and I asked him, ‘What’s a gun trust?’”
That is how Gun Docx™ was born.
“Next thing I know this guy in the gun store explained, ‘Well, I want to buy a silencer which is federally registered. The problem is that individuals must apply through their local sheriff or police chief and can get denied for any reason,’” Brislawn recalled the man saying.
The customer explained that using a trust bypasses local law enforcement and goes straight to the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms.
“At that point I knew two things; I wanted a silencer and a gun trust for myself,” Brislawn said.
The next week, he was scheduled to give a talk in Virginia for the National Rifle Association on charitable estate planning and planning for firearms, so he knew he had to get to work.
“Within a month, I had Gun Docx Version 1.0 drafted, with plans to make it into a system for attorneys to use,” he said.
“I created a slideshow for gun owners to explain the issues and the benefits of gun-trust planning in avoiding what I started calling ‘accidental felonies.’”
Brislawn emphasized that firearms possession and transfer done incorrectly risks criminal charges.
“And, I was thinking about the 80 to 100 million gun owners out there that might want to know about what I was learning and doing,” he said.