Author Archives: John Pierce

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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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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