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Category Archives: Virginia Law
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
Every so often I get an email or a phone call from someone who is convinced that folding stocks are illegal in Virginia. Just to be clear … these people are wrong. Folding stocks are certainly legal in Virginia! So … Continue reading
I received an email today from someone who was confused by the language on the Virginia Concealed Handgun Permit application. For simplicity sake I will call her Terry (not her real name) throughout the rest of this article. Terry had been … Continue reading
In the 80’s cult-classic movie The Princess Bride, Wallace Shawn, playing Sicilian criminal mastermind Vizzini, keeps saying that things are “inconceivable” despite the fact that they are both conceivable and happening with alarming frequency. After observing this silently for a … Continue reading
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
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
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