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  • November 11, 2017

    Happy Veterans Day! Thanks to those who have served and those who continue to serve today, America can sleep peacefully at night. All your sacrifices, and those of your families, have helped keep our country safe and free. We at USDL thank you for your service and sacrifice and hope everyone has a great Veterans Day. We would also like to offer a special …

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    November 6, 2017

    Saturday, November 11th at 10 a.m. USDL will be giving our seminar on “Firearns and the Law”. Our goal through these seminars is to empower responsible gun owners with knowledge of their rights. We recommend all members in the Richmond area try to attend, and invite your friends and family members. This will be important information you’re not going to want to miss! Please be …

  • March 10, 2017

    On February 22, 2017, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld Maryland’s 2013 Firearms Safety Act which bans assault rifles and detachable large-capacity magazines. The Appeals Court declared that, “We are convinced that the banned assault weapons and large-capacity magazines are among those arms that are “like” “M-16 rifles” — “weapons that are most useful in military service.” By doing so the court has …

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    March 8, 2017

    At the end of February the Virginia State Senate passed some important legislation which relates to conceal carry rights in Virginia. The bills are waiting for Governor Terry McAuliffe to take action, either by signing them into law or by vetoing the bills. Gun Safety Classes for Abuse Victims Bill SB1300 is meant to assist victims of abuse with attending gun safety training, possibly …

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    March 8, 2017

    Ronald B. Turk, associate deputy director and chief operating officer of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), has written a white paper discussing the possibility of loosening gun regulations in a number of areas. The white paper, despite being marked “Not for Public Distribution,” was released by the Washington Post on February 6th. Opening with a reminder that the ATF is …

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    March 6, 2017

    On February 2, 2017, the U.S. House of Representatives voted 235-180 to strike down President Obama’s Social Security Gun Ban. The regulation addressed concern about mass shootings and the role of gun ownership and mental health play in these tragedies. The regulation would require the Social Security Administration (SSA) to report people who had documented mental health issues and who were unable to manage …

  • October 26, 2016

    One of the more frequent inquiries from clients this time of year involves the legality of open and concealed carry at polling places. There are two distinct components to our answer in these situations: what does the law stipulate; and, what do we advise? Our job as your law firm is to advise you on your legal rights, and also to provide you legal …

  • October 11, 2016

    A Brief Summary of West Virginia’s New Law Regarding ‘Constitutional’ Concealed Carry W.Va. House Bill 4145 became effective on May 24, 2016 and is commonly called West Virginia Constitutional Carry. What does this mean for you and me? Well, simply stated, if you are 21 years of age or older and are not what is known as a “prohibited person” then you may carry …

  • January 14, 2016

    The Virginia General Assembly opened the 2016 session on Wednesday, January 14 in Richmond. Coming on the heels of Governor McAullife’s announcement that all Executive buildings are now gun free zones and the VSP audit of reciprocating States’ concealed carry laws resulting in AG Herring’s withdrawal of Concealed Carry Reciprocity with 25 previously recognized States, gun bills will likely take center stage during this …

  • January 7, 2016

    USDLaw Partner and former Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli appeared on CNN Thursday a few hours ahead of President Obama’s ‘town hall’ meeting on gun violence. Responding to comments from former Mayor Nutter of Philadelphia, Cuccinelli stated that the majority of gun deaths in America result from suicide and other mental illness, and that efforts to expand the sharing of mental health data began …