THE LEGAL USE OF FIREARMS FOR SELF-DEFENSE –
WHEN THE DEFENSIVE USE OF FIREARMS IS PERMISSIBLE IN
VIRGINIA AND HOW TO WIN THE LEGAL BATTLE THAT WILL FOLLOW
The 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 justified use of firearms in self-defense and an incident 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 your use of a firearm for self-defense.
The course is presented from 10:00 AM to 4:30 PM with a short breaks and a break for lunch. In Part I of the course, attorney Stephen L. Sulzer explains in everyday terms Virginia’s boundaries between the lawful and unlawful use of firearms. The presentation is highlighted and illustrated with practical examples involving real-life situations, including street confrontations, home invasions and the Castle Doctrine, Virginia’s stand your ground principle, and defending others. Mr. Sulzer will also cover Virginia’s legal rules relating to threat duration and proportionality of response, and Virginia’s troublesome law regarding brandishing. Mr. Sulzer also addresses 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 explains the post-incident legal process, and gives you a real understanding of how the system works. Mr. Sulzer teaches you how to deal with the critical time just after a self-defense use of firearms, including 911 calls, pre-arrest interaction with the police, when and how to assert your Fifth Amendment rights, and what follows after an arrest. He 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 prosecution and civil suits and describes vital and surprisingly affordable ways to financially survive the legal process.
This course has become the gold standard for those who carry or rely on firearms for home security and self-defense. It is taught by Stephen L. Sulzer, a highly-respected attorney with 37 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 for more than 20 years, and has ten years of competitive shooting experience.
* 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. *