When a client has been convicted of a felony, or certain misdemeanors, then they are generally prohibited under both federal and state law from purchasing, possessing, or transporting firearms. Under certain circumstances, a person suffering under such disabilities may seek to have his or her rights restored. However, this area of law is a complex blend of both state and federal law and the legal practitioner must ensure that they structure any restoration so that it removes both the federal and state prohibition. They must also instruct their client on the limitations of any resulting restoration.
John Pierce is the owner of The Law Office of John Pierce, Esq. in Bristol, VA.
His practice is focused on the legal issues surrounding gun ownership including the development of NFA trusts, ATF regulatory compliance, and gun rights restoration for non-violent offenders.
He is the serving Chair of the American Bar Association Second Amendment Civil Rights Litigation Subcommittee and his writings have been published by the ABA Civil Rights Litigation Committee and the ABA Minority Trial Lawyer Committee.
He has taught numerous CLE classes for the American Bar Association on topics such as Gun Trusts, and Open Carry legislation.
His advocacy activities have been featured on Nightline and The Daily Show With Jon Stewart.
Very good presentation on a very timely topic. Great CLE course.
Clear explanation and overview of complex topic.
Good overview of this area of law.
This was a great lecture. the material was more complicated than usual, because of the competing federal and state jurisdictions,but the lecturer handled all of the issues very well.
Very interesting. Guy knew his stuff and presented it well
I have no interest in this topic but it is one of your best ever
Good coverage of complicated topic.
Very good and helpful course and well presented.
Excellent presentation of a complex multi-jurisdictional topic.
one of the very best presentations I have watched in several year of Lawline
This was one the best CLEs I have seen. I get a few calls a year for this issue and could not help them. Now, I feel as though I can.
Good course on a very topical subject.
Very good, but I think it's hard to do a general overview of such a detailed topic. Still, the instructor did a great job.
Very concise explanations on disqualifers.
Mr. Pierce's presentation was excellent! With gun rights such a hot topic in 2018, I strongly suggest you provide more presentations on the gun rights topic.
The speaker presented the topic in a clear and concise manner, emphasizing the need to get the client's firearms rights restored in all states where the client is prohibited before seeking restoration of federal rights.
A very straightforward high-level synopsis of the issues
guy was good with info between states
Great presentation Very interesting topic Thank you
Excellent presentation; well stated limitations of content and advice for additional resources.
Very educational for me. Was a topic I have been curious about and had no experience.
One of the better presentations
Very well done and very organized.
I enjoyed the program
Nice review of a current topic.
Very helpful--especially warnings about the potential pitfalls.
Good depth of coverage on specific licensing issues
Great perspective. Outstanding course.
I really enjoyed this CLE. This is not an area in which I practice, so I learned a lot and thought the presenter's style and delivery were very conducive to learning.
clear presentation of the topic. thank you.
Very helpful--esp the Catch-22's.
Very informative, very good speaker
Presenter was very well prepared in the area of Firearm Rights Restoration.
Good as an overview
Excellent presentation regarding staying clear of pitfalls involved in efforts to restore gun rights in federal and state arenas.
Good speaker - really enjoyed learning about this topic - it's never really discussed.
Interesting as I did not know a lot of that information.
Excellent overview of subject matter
very interesting and informative
slides were very detailed and helpful
Excellent practice pointers concerning the various limitations of restorations of firearms rights.
Great speaker and topic.
The practitioner has practical suggestions for implementing the subject rights restoration directly into the daily law practice.
Excellent presentation -- clear and thorough.
very informative and the presenter was specialized in this field making it all the better.
I continue to be impressed with the quality of the LawLine CLE courses.
Very good course, very knowledgeable presenter
Extremely informative and practical!
Very good! Very helpful, relevant, clear, smart.
Was interesting to hear about restoration of gun rights.
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