Category Archives: Purchasing Firearms

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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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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The old wives’ tale about black powder firearms and felons

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

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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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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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