Category Archives: Gun Rights Restoration

Completing a Form 4 after your gun rights have been restored

A number of my clients who have succeeded in having their gun rights restored have since made full use of their restored rights. They have successfully purchased one or more Title I firearms, applied for a concealed carry permit, and are now ready to add … Continue reading

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Applying for a Virginia Concealed Handgun Permit after your gun rights have been restored

I recently wrote an article in which I described how to complete the ATF Form 4473 and the accompanying Virginia state form when purchasing a firearm after having your gun rights restored. In that article I noted that the instructions … Continue reading

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Purchasing a firearm after your gun rights have been restored following a felony conviction

In Virginia, anyone convicted of a state-level felony who has had his or her political rights restored by the Governor or other appropriate authority may petition the circuit court where they reside for restoration of their gun rights. If you … Continue reading

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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

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A gun rights restoration order with conditions is effectively a denial

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

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Virginia now recognizes the gun rights restorations of all other states

Back in August of last year I wrote an article entitled “Will Virginia honor a gun rights restoration from another state?” In that article I noted that the answer was “unfortunately … a resounding ‘no!’” But thanks to legislation introduced … Continue reading

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Non-residents may now get their gun rights restored in Virginia

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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Delegate Webert introduces bill to recognize other state’s gun rights restorations

Back in September of 2014 I wrote an article entitled Gun rights restoration is a state-by-state process. In that article I demonstrated that generally, “a gun-rights restoration in a given state only allows you to purchase, possess, and transport firearms … Continue reading

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Gun rights restoration is a state-by-state process

Since publishing my article about Virginia not recognizing out-of-state gun-rights restorations I have been inundated with questions. The first group of questions prompted a second article about whether a non-resident with a Virginia conviction could get their gun rights restored in … Continue reading

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May a non-resident get their gun rights restored in Virginia?

UPDATE:  As of July 1, 2015 this article is no longer correct.  Non-residents may now get their gun rights restored in Virginia. ……………………………. An increasing percentage of my law practice deals with gun rights restoration.  Therefore, it is not surprising that … Continue reading

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