Gun Rights Restoration: A Federal & State Review


CLE credits earned: 2 GENERAL (or 2 LAW & LEGAL for WA state)

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 insure 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.

This course is co-sponsored by the Federal Bar Association.

Key topics to be discussed:

•   State restoration mechanisms
•   Federal restoration issues
•   Multi-state issues

Date / Time: April 14, 2020

•   2:00 pm – 4:00 pm Eastern
•   1:00 pm – 3:00 pm Central
•   12:00 pm – 2:00 pm Mountain
•   11:00 am – 1:00 pm Pacific

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Original Broadcast Date: July 12, 2019

John Pierce, Esq. is a Virginia attorney whose practice is focused upon the issues surrounding the regulation of firearms. He is the former Chair of the American Bar Association Second Amendment Civil Rights Litigation Subcommittee. He is a frequent presenter of firearms-related CLE classes.

Mr. Pierce is licensed to practice law in the Commonwealth of Virginia. He is an Honors Graduate of Hamline University School of Law in St. Paul, MN. His writings have been published by the ABA Civil Rights Litigation Committee and the ABA Minority Trial Lawyer Committee, and his advocacy activities have been featured on Nightline and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.

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Section I. Introduction to the multiple layers of gun rights restoration

Section II. The limited options that are available to those with a federal conviction

Section III. The unique issues involved when the client has a misdemeanor conviction for domestic violence including a review of recent Supreme Court cases

Section IV. The unique issues involved when the client has multiple felonies in different states

Section V. The differing approaches taken by the states

Section VI. Issues you must discuss with your client following a successful restoration