Hold My Guns is a program that connects responsible firearm owners with private, off-site storage options, through our national network of partners, during times of mental illness or personal crises.
Our goal is to prevent suicide and violence by facilitating a place to store firearms while gun owners or their loved ones receive care. To be human is to go through ups-and-downs in life. We believe that times of hardship should be met with an outpouring of compassion and camaraderie, not fear-mongering and automatic confiscation of constitutional rights.
The Hold My Guns service is a voluntary, proactive, self-governance, non-legislative alternative to Red Flag Laws, which allows gun owners to take a common-sense break from having firearms in the home, before a personal situation escalates to a public one. It is an option that can be recommended to gun owners and their families by caring first responders, medical practitioners, and anyone who is concerned about a gun owner or their family's well-being.
Utilizing existing storage available in partnering gun shops and FFLs, Hold My Guns is a low-cost, easily-scalable solution. The firearms owner retains property rights during storage and then completes a background check upon pick-up to ensure there are no outstanding warrants, Extreme Risk Protection Orders (ERPOs), Protection from Abuse Orders (PFAs), etc., that would prevent the individual from having possession rights to the firearm. As recommended to us by the ATF, this protocol follows the same guidelines for consignment.
In addition, to Hold My Guns, the umbrella nonprofit organization (yet to be named, as name investigation is included in the formation fees) will align with our storage partners to offer educational programs and campaigns to communities. These programs and campaigns will emphasize suicide prevention, gun safety courses with a mental health component, reducing incidents of gun negligence, and educating first responders and medical practitioners on options for firearm safety and storage during their patient or client's mental health crises.
Upcoming Expenses - $5,000 :
Nonprofit Formation $2700 - The first step to officially launch the Hold My Guns program is to form an umbrella organization that will become a nonprofit. Our legal team, the Firearms Industry Consulting Group , a division of Civil Rights Defense Firm, P.C., will be drawing up the corporation paperwork and filing it with the Department of State Corporations Bureau in Pennsylvania, as well as assisting with our bylaws and other corporate matters. The cost for the legal services is $2,000. Filing and publishing fees average around $700.
Legal Retainer $1300 - Attorney Joshua Prince and the Firearms Industry Consulting Group will continue to provide ongoing consulting services in this process to assure ATF compliance in our documentation and practices. This includes any additional support pertaining to the nonprofit formation, reviewing our partner and client materials for ATF compliance and industry standards, as well as providing legal representation if necessary. Note: By prepaying a retainer fee, we will receive the services mentioned above at a preferred billing rate.
Partner Test Launch $1000 - Once the first phase of the nonprofit is formed, we will be conducting a test launch with ten partners. Each partner who passes the application process will receive a start-up kit that will include a Partner Handbook, 50 Hold My Guns stickers to affix to standard firearms tags to indicate that the firearm is being held for storage, and 50 brochures which can be given to potential clients as well as to community contacts such as first responders, gun clubs, local veterans organizations, and mental health professionals. In addition to printing and design costs, donations will go toward advertising and postage. This test group of partners will then provide us with feedback, and we will tweak our materials if needed for an eventual more widespread launch.
Thank you for your help to launch Hold My Guns!
Many thanks, Sarah Joy Albrecht
Founder, Hold My Guns
& NRA Range Safety Officer
For more information, to partner, or to volunteer with our organization, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org .
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