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“John represented me at my hearing in Fairfax County Circuit Court for my Petition for Restoration of Firearms Rights. My case was a bit complex and it incorporated some new legislation that John was very educated on. The legislation was so new that the Commonwealth’s Attorney and the Judge did not have any knowledge of it. John’s actions in the courtroom to bring the new legislation to the attention of the court were astonishing and brilliant; even bringing a smile to the Judge and pat on the back from a fellow attorney after the hearing.
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Category Archives: Federal Law
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
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
Purchasing a firearm after your gun rights have been restored following a mental health adjudication
In Virginia, there are a number of mental health adjudications that can lead to a prohibition on the right to purchase, possess, and transport firearms. These include the following: Persons acquitted of a crime by reason of insanity Persons adjudicated … Continue reading
Because of the imperfect intersection of local, state, and federal laws, there are a number of legal questions that arise when a felon has their gun rights restored. Today’s question is whether a person who was convicted of a felony and … Continue reading
It seems like I hear the question at least once a week. “Can convicted felons possess black powder firearms?” And often when I answer the question for a client, I will get a call back from their friend/brother/cousin who will … Continue reading
UPDATE: The final rule has been released ————————————————— Since the comment period for 41p ended on December 9th, 2013, we have been waiting to see how the ATF would respond to the record breaking number of comments they received, which … Continue reading
Virginia courts currently have no power to restore firearm rights to those convicted of misdemeanor domestic violence
Earlier this year, I received an email from someone who claimed that they had successfully petitioned a circuit court to restore their firearm rights after having been convicted of misdemeanor domestic violence. There are three problems with this scenario: 1) … Continue reading
Occasionally, during a gun rights restoration hearing, a Commonwealth’s Attorney will offer to drop their objection if certain conditions are placed upon the restoration. For example, if the petitioner has stated that their primary reason for seeking a restoration is … Continue reading
A client contacted me recently and asked how a Virginia resident would legally take possession of firearms (non-NFA) that had been left to him in a will by someone who lived in another state. He specifically asked whether or not … Continue reading
I received an email today from a client who had a question about receiving firearms from an out-of-state relative. He wanted to make sure that the transfer was conducted legally under federal law as well as the laws of both … Continue reading