*WHEN THE DEFENSIVE USE OF FIREARMS IS PERMISSIBLE AND
HOW TO WIN THE LEGAL BATTLE THAT WILL FOLLOW*
This course teaches Virginia’s legal limits on the use of deadly force in self-defense situations, with a particular focus on the use of firearms. It will give you a working knowledge of the legal boundaries between a justifiable self-defense shooting and a shooting that will expose you to criminal prosecution and civil damages liability. If you live or work in Virginia and rely on firearms for self-defense, this course will give you a practical set of guidelines and steps you can take to maximize your chances of winning (and financially surviving) the legal battle that inevitably follows a self-defense shooting.
The course is presented in a five-hour session with two short breaks. In Part I of the course, we explain in everyday terms Virginia’s boundaries between the lawful and unlawful defensive use of firearms. Our presentation is highlighted and illustrated with useful, practical examples involving real-life situations. We cover street confrontations, home invasions and the Castle Doctrine, Virginia’s stand your ground principle, and defending others. We will also cover Virginia’s legal rules relating to threat duration and proportionality of response, and Virginia’s peculiar law regarding brandishing. The latter two subjects are perhaps the most troublesome areas of Virginia self-defense law, and you need to understand them well if you rely on firearms for self-defense. We also address whether you can still rely on prevention of an atrocious felony in Virginia to justify the use of deadly force.
In Part II, Mr. Sulzer describes the legal battle that follows on the heels of almost every self-defense shooting. He explains each step in the post-shooting legal process and gives you a real understanding of how the system works. He teaches you how to deal with the critical time just after a self-defense shooting, including 911 calls, pre-arrest interaction with the police, when and how to assert your Fifth Amendment rights, and what follows after an arrest. What you do in these circumstances will have a huge effect on how the legal system will treat you. The course provides you with practical steps you should take and tools you will need to (i) protect your legal rights and (ii) help you (and your counsel) extricate you from the legal system with the least amount of difficulty. Part II also discloses the real magnitude of your exposure in defending against criminal and civil suits and provides very useful information about how you can obtain the financial resources you will need in the event of a protracted legal battle.
This course has received enthusiastic reviews from the Virginia shooting community and has become the gold standard for those who carry concealed or rely on firearms for home security and self-defense. It is taught by Stephen L. Sulzer, a highly-respected attorney with 36 years of legal experience and special expertise in the law of self-defense in Virginia. He is also an NRA-certified pistol instructor, has held a Virginia concealed carry permit since the late 1990s, and has ten years of competitive shooting experience.
About the Instructor
STEPHEN L. SULZER
Mr. Sulzer has been practicing law in Washington, D.C., for 36 years, and has been a partner at some of the city’s most prominent national law firms, including Steptoe & Johnson and, most recently, California-based Manatt, Phelps & Phillips. In fall 2013, Mr. Sulzer broke away from Big Law to found his own firm, and after much planning and preparation, expanded his practice to encompass firearms-related matters. He is particularly focused on criminal defense work for clients who have been involved in self-defense shootings, and is also expanding into matters involving federal firearms regulation, as well as Second Amendment-based litigation. Mr. Sulzer has a peer-reviewed AV Preeminent Rating from Martindale Hubbell, the highest rating given by Martindale-Hubbell for legal skills and professional ethics. He is pleased to have been selected as a referral attorney for both the United States Concealed Carry Association and the Armed Citizens Legal Defense Network.
Mr. Sulzer developed and teaches a five-hour training course entitled “The Legal Use of Firearms for Self-Defense – When the Defensive Use of Firearms Is Permissible and How to Win the Legal Battle That Will Follow.” The course has received enthusiastic reviews from the Virginia shooting community and has become the gold standard for those who carry concealed or rely on firearms for home security and self-defense.
Mr. Sulzer has been active in the shooting sports dating back to the mid-1990s, when he began shooting service rifles in competition against the Marine Corps Rifle Teams and the Army Marksmanship Unit. He began his competitive shooting career with the M1A and transitioned to the AR-15 in 2000. He competed in three position “across the course” iron sight matches at distances of 200, 300, and 600 yards, and has also competed at 1,000 yards. When Mr. Sulzer retired from competition in 2005, he was shooting Master level scores. He still shoots handguns (particularly M-1911s) avidly, has held a Virginia Concealed Carry Permit since the late 1990s, and is an NRA-certified pistol instructor.
Course Date/Time: Saturday, August 19th 10:00 am -2:00 pm
Participants: 20 Students ages 21 and up
Duration: 4 hours
* U.S. FEDERAL LAW REQUIRES YOU TO BE A U.S. CITIZEN OR PERMANENT RESIDENT TO TAKE THIS CLASS. YOU WILL BE REQUIRED TO SHOW A FORM OF CITIZENSHIP ON THE FIRST DAY OF CLASS. *