George Lyon, Esq. has been at the forefront of the fight for second amendment rights in the nation’s capital. In 2003 he joined with five other plaintiffs in the landmark case that resulted in the United States Supreme Court confirming that the Constitution guarantees an individual right to own a functional firearm. That decision, District of Columbia v. Heller, overturned DC’s prohibition on owning a handgun and now stands as a bulwark against infringements on second amendment rights.
In 2009, he joined with three other plaintiffs and the Second Amendment Foundation to challenge the District of Columbia’s absolute ban on carrying a firearm for personal protection outside the home. That case, Palmer v. District of Columbia, resulted in the first issuance of DC concealed carry licenses in some 40 years.
Mr. Lyon is a member of the Virginia, District of Columbia and Supreme Court bars. He has practiced administrative law and civil and appellate litigation for more than 35 years in Virginia and DC with an emphasis on communications. He earned his law degree in 1979 from the Marshall Wythe Law School of the College of William and Mary where he served on the William and Mary Law Review. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Law and Society from the University of Virginia where he was special projects and production editor of The Cavalier Daily and a member of the Jefferson Literary and Debating Society.
He is the author of “Ethical Responsibilities of Defense Counsel in the Juvenile Court” published in the Journal of Juvenile Law. Mr. Lyon has extensive firearms training in each of handgun, shotgun and rifle. He is certified by the District of Columbia Metropolitan Police Department as a DC Concealed Carry Instructor. He is also certified as a firearm instructor by the Maryland State Police. He holds NRA Firearm Instructor certifications in Pistol, Personal Protection in the Home, and Range Safety Officer. He holds a federal firearms collector’s license and is the President of the DC Chapter of the Community Association for Firearms Education.
Mr. Lyon has written and spoken on a variety of firearms and self-defense legal issues. Mr. Lyon has testified frequently before the DC City Council on firearms related issues. His advocacy was instrumental in effecting positive changes in several provisions of DC law, including relaxation of ammunition restrictions, allowing possession of firearms in the District in the course of training, and conforming DC law with federal law relating to armor piecing handgun ammunition and permissible shotgun barrel length. He is continuing his advocacy for rational firearms regulation with Arsenal Attorneys.
Richard Vasquez is an internationally renowned expert in firearms technology, regulations, and tactics. He is available as a technical consultant, expert witness, security advisor, tactical instructor, and compliance specialist. He regularly advises clients in the identification and classification of firearms, particularly under the Gun Control Act, National Firearms Act, and BATFE regulations. His clients have included private individuals, manufacturers, and governments worldwide.
Previously Rick spent 15 years with the BATFE, where he served as acting Branch Chief of the Firearms Technology Branch (FTB). Prior to ATF, Rick served as a firearms instructor in the Diplomatic Security Service. During his distinguished career as a US Marine, Rick served as a weapons instructor and as detachment commander of the Marine Embassy Guard in Moscow.
Here is a small sample of Rick’s accomplishments and skills:
• Expert witness in over 40 Federal and state court trials
• Instructor for Interstate Nexus
• Distinguished High Power Rifle Shooter
• Previous FFL Holder
• Certified armorer for Ruger, Glock, Smith and Wesson, and Heckler & Koch
• Advanced training in manufacturing and history of Marlin, Savage, H&R Inc., Winchester, Mossberg, Springfield Armory, Wilson Tools, Sig, Glock, Walther, Mauser, and others.
• Knowledgeable in Principles of Acoustics and the Measurement of Sound
• Delivered training in the recognition of silencers/silencer components and served as an expert in the classification of silencers and silencer components under federal statutes
• Author of numerous training lesson plans in a variety of firearms subjects
• Firearms instructor and security advisor to foreign government personnel, including France, Canada, Colombia, El Salvador, Mexico, Canada, Belize, Jamaica, Curacao and Guatemala
• Conversant in all aspects of the National Firearms Act (NFA)
• Knowledgeable in the requirements of importing firearms and firearms components, including ITAR
• Recipient of Public Service Sward from the United States Attorney in the 4th district
• Recipient of ATF’s Distinguished Service Medal
• Recipient of numerous letters of appreciation from ATF, FBI, and foreign law enforcement