If you have been convicted of a felony or certain misdemeanors then both federal and state law prohibit you from purchasing, possessing, or transporting firearms.
However, in many cases it is possible for Virginia residents to have their gun rights restored.
§ 18.2-308.2(C) of the Code of Virginia provides for certain convicted persons to petition the circuit court of the jurisdiction in which he or she resides for a restoration of their right to possess firearms.
Am I eligible?
To determine whether you should consider pursuing a restoration of your gun rights, let’s walk through a few questions:
Is your disability based upon a state or a federal conviction?
If your disability is based upon a federal conviction then there is currently no way to have your gun rights restored. Since 1992 Congress has denied ATF funding to process the necessary applications.
However, if your disability is based upon a state conviction then you may be eligible to petition the court for a restoration of your gun rights.
But first …
Have you had your political rights restored?
Under Virginia law, your political rights must be restored before you may petition the Circuit Court for a restoration of your gun rights.
Political rights include the right to vote, to run for and hold public office, to serve on juries, and to serve as a notary public.
If your political rights have not been restored then you must submit an application for political rights restoration. If you are eligible to have your political rights restored but have not yet done so, I will be happy to assist you in doing so as part of the gun rights restoration service.
So … if your political rights have been restored or if you are eligible to apply then you are ready to put together your petition for restoration of your gun rights.
Shouldn’t I just use a local attorney?
If you are trying to get representation regarding a patent filing then you call a patent attorney.
If you are trying to get representation regarding an adoption then you call a family law attorney.
The same should be true where gun rights restoration is concerned. Not everyone understands the level of complexity involved in firearms law and this can lead to disastrous consequences.
I have encountered a number of purported gun rights ‘restorations’ which do not, in fact, restore the rights of the petitioner and can lead to state or federal charges against the person who believes that his or her rights have been restored.
What does your representation cost?
If you qualify, I will assist you in applying for restoration of your political rights (if necessary), petition the Circuit Court in the jurisdiction where you reside for relief from the disability imposed by your conviction, appear with you for your hearing, and prepare the necessary order for the judge to sign. I offer this service for a flat fee of $1,500 which includes any necessary travel expense for your hearing.
Please note however that this is not a guarantee of success … only a promise to work diligently on your behalf. Ultimately, the judge will take the totality of your situation into account in making his or her decision.
The factors the judge will consider include: the seriousness of the crime, any other criminal history, the length of time since the conviction, and your community involvement.
If you made a mistake and have turned your life around, isn’t it time that you took the steps necessary to recover all of your rights?
Contact me for a free, private, and confidential consultation.
What previous clients are saying
Great service. Attentive to my needs and answered all my questions. Was highly recommended by a friend. Despite being on the other side of the state we had no problems communicating with each other. Easy to get a hold of on the phone or in email. Along with great service the cost was very reasonable. I would seek his services and recommend him to anyone if the need arrise in the future.
October 26, 2019
In April of 2021 I hired John Pierce to assist me in regaining my firearms rights. When I hired John he immediately sent me a comprehensive list of documents I would need to be successful. The second I received the list, I knew I had found the help I needed. He returned every call promptly and did everything possible to help me through the process. The day we went to the hearing I felt like I knew every possible outcome scenario. John never made any promises all the while making me feel confident in his ability to get this done correctly. In the end we won and I received my firearms rights back. Truly a great day. I would recommend John Pierce to anyone trying to get their rights back. I feel lucky I found him. O yea I'll say one more thing. He answers his own phone.
June 30, 2021