Author Archives: John Pierce

Can I purchase a firearm from a dealer if I have a misdemeanor drug possession arrest or conviction?

Occasionally I will receive a call from a thoroughly confused potential client who has been denied a firearms purchase and doesn’t understand why. They were able to honestly answer all of the questions on the ATF Form 4473 in the … Continue reading

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May a gunsmith or manufacturer ship a firearm they have repaired directly to the owner?

A client recently asked this question.  He specifically wanted to know if the rules differ when the customer is in a different state than the manufacturer or gunsmith. Given the myriad laws and regulations which govern both the transfer and shipment … Continue reading

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May a machine shop allow customers to use their machinery to finish 80% lowers?

I was recently contacted by a firearms enthusiast who is also the owner of a machine shop.  He wanted to know if he could host an event where he opened his shop to a group of fellow shooters so that … Continue reading

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Is a charge eligible for expungement if it was dismissed following a deferred disposition?

Virginia offers the possibility of a ‘deferred disposition’ for first time offenders of a number of crimes, including most misdemeanor ‘property’ crimes. In a deferred disposition case, the judge will: a)  Hold that the facts are sufficient for a finding … Continue reading

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Why do some approved Form 1’s say “FORM 1 REGISTRATION” in box 4a?

I recently received a call from a client who had received his approved Form 1 for a self-manufactured suppressor.  The Form 1 application had been submitted pre-41F via eForms. In reviewing the approved form in preparation for having his tube … Continue reading

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Do I lose my right to possess firearms if I live with a prohibited person?

This is a question that arises quite frequently.  “If my (husband / wife / boyfriend / girlfriend / parent / roommate) is a prohibited person does that mean I can’t have my legally owned firearms in my own home?” The … Continue reading

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Do I lose my gun rights if I voluntarily seek mental health treatment?

The criteria for which types of mental health issues might give rise to a gun rights prohibition under either state or federal law is staggeringly complex. For the average citizen, unfamiliar with researching and parsing legal language, the task of understanding this … Continue reading

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Governor signs bill allowing non-residents with a VA mental health prohibition to petition for gun rights restoration

In 1994, Paul Anthony Leone was convicted of felony possession of marijuana in Virginia.  This conviction stripped him of both his political rights and his right to possess firearms. Years later, in 2012, Mr. Leone, now living in North Carolina, … Continue reading

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Do you have to register for ITAR if you are only manufacturing AR-15 uppers?

In my last post I answered the question of whether or not an FFL is required if one is only manufacturing and selling AR-15 uppers. Almost immediately I was asked a follow-up question about whether or not a person who … Continue reading

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Do you need an FFL to manufacture and sell AR-15 uppers?

I was recently asked whether an FFL is required to manufacture and sell AR-15 uppers. The answer is ‘no‘ but I want to caution readers that this would not necessarily be the case if the upper in question was for a … Continue reading

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