Author Archives: John Pierce

Can felons hunt with crossbows in Virginia?

I have written before about the rampant confusion surrounding the issue of whether or not felons can possess, and hunt with, black powder firearms in Virginia. Spoiler alert … they cannot. But there is a separate question that comes up almost … Continue reading

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You no longer need to print ATF Form 1’s and Form 4’s double-sided

I received an email today from a client who had noticed that the latest downloadable versions of both the Form 1 and the Form 4 now have new instructions regarding the printing of the forms. Prior versions of both forms … Continue reading

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Understanding the Virginia ban on ‘street sweeper’ shotguns

A question that arises quite frequently concerns the interpretation of the ‘like kind‘ language in the Virginia ban on Striker 12 Street Sweeper shotguns. With the popularity of semi-auto shotguns such as the Saiga and Vepr 12, these questions are … Continue reading

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In honor of our nation’s veterans

As a nation we tend to talk about ‘rights’ and ‘freedoms’ as if they were something inevitable.  But a quick look around the world will demonstrate the folly of that assumption.  The ‘freedoms’ we enjoy and the ‘rights’ we claim … Continue reading

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Picking up a firearm from consignment

I received a call earlier today from one of my FFL clients asking about this topic. Specifically, they wanted me to verify whether or not the owner of a consignment firearm needs to complete a 4473 and NICS check in order to … Continue reading

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May an FFL rent handguns and provide ammunition to those under 21 for on-premises use?

I have written before about the differences between Virginia law and federal law where the age to acquire, possess, and carry handguns is concerned. In that article I note that FFL’s are prohibited under 18 USC § 922(b)(1) from ‘selling or delivering‘ … Continue reading

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Does putting a bipod on a pistol make it an AOW?

I received an email this morning from a client asking whether or not they could add a bipod to their pistol without making it an AOW. As I have pointed out on more than one occasion, the answer to almost … Continue reading

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Virginia Gun Rights Restoration Failures

If you call me with a tax law question, I am going to refer you to an attorney who practices tax law.  The same is true with all the other areas of law that are outside my wheelhouse. The reason … Continue reading

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The current application form for a Virginia CHP misstates the requirements for certain restoration scenarios

In assisting one of my clients I have discovered several errors in the current version of the Application for a Concealed Handgun Permit (SP-248) that I believe need to be corrected. The issues are on page 2 in the Form … Continue reading

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Governor McAuliffe announces he will ‘expeditiously’ sign individual restoration orders

Following Friday’s decision by the Virginia Supreme Court striking down Governor McAuliffe’s blanket restoration of political rights, Governor McAuliffe was quick to issue an official response. For those clients who need their voting rights restoration in order to apply for restoration … Continue reading

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