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The Law Firm of Gregory Phillips Will Work for Your Rights

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For years, experienced attorney Gregory Phillips and his staff have been fighting for the rights of their clients. Regardless of circumstance, we guarantee the highest level of defense and other legal services that provide you with the results you want. If you would like to learn more about your rights to carry or use firearms, or are in need of top quality legal assistance, contact the dedicated professionals at our law firm today. We take the time to understand your case, so you can rest assured that you will be in good hands from the first phone call to the last court ruling.

Gun Rights in the State of Virginia

While the 2nd Amendment to the Constitution of the United States and Article I, Section 13 of the Constitution of Virginia guarantees citizens the right to keep and bear arms, there are some circumstances in which the government can revoke or restrict certain rights when it comes to firearms. If you have been convicted of a felony or are the subject of a restraining order, your right to own or operate a firearm is severely restricted. However, if your record has been free from any incidents for a long period of time, you may be eligible to petition to have your gun rights restored. Some of the instances in which you may have your firearm rights revoked or restricted include the following circumstances:

  • An unlawful user of marijuana or controlled substance
  • Are a nonimmigrant alien
  • Are an alien illegally in the United States
  • Been convicted in any court of a misdemeanor crime punishable by more than 2 years
  • Felony convictions
  • Have been acquitted by reason of insanity
  • Have been adjudicated as a juvenile 14 years of age or older at the time of the offense of murder, kidnapping, robbery by the threat or presentation of firearms, or rape
  • Have been adjudicated delinquent as a juvenile 14 years of age or older at the time of offense of a delinquent act, which would be a felony if committed by an adult if you are 28 or older
  • Have been dishonorably discharged from the Armed Forces
  • Have been involuntarily admitted to a facility or outpatient mental health treatment
  • Having an outstanding protective or restraining order against you
  • Renounced citizenship
  • Subject of an active misdemeanor or felony arrest warrant from any state
  • Under indictment for a felony offense
  • Laws and Statutes to Abide By When Carrying Firearms in Virginia

    When it comes to firearms, federal law ensures your right to carry legally. However, some states have more specific laws and statutes about guns that citizens must abide by. While most firearms are not required to be registered in the state of Virginia, machine guns are. You are also able to lawfully carry a firearm openly in most areas, and are able to acquire a concealed weapon permit for covered handguns. While you are not required to inform a police officer that you are in possession of a concealed handgun, you must have your permit with you as long as you have the gun.