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The Legal Use of Firearms for Self Defense COURSE 1 @ The Nations Gun Show 10:00am - 12:00pm


This class will be held in the Board Room on the 2nd floor of the Holiday Inn Dulles Expo that is in the same complex as the Expo Center.



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 the legal battle that inevitably follows your use of a firearm for self-defense.

The course is presented in a two-hour session with a short break in the middle. Instead of speaking in legalese, we explain in everyday terms Virginia’s boundaries between lawful and unlawful defensive shootings. The 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 will also address whether you can still rely on prevention of an atrocious felony in Virginia to justify the use of deadly force.

The course is taught by Stephen L. Sulzer, founder of Sulzer Green Taylor PLLC in Washington, D.C. Mr. Sulzer is 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.

The course provides a comprehensive and authoritative explanation of the law of self-defense in Virginia, and has become the gold standard for those who carry concealed or rely on firearms for home security and self-defense. We are also pleased to say that Mr. Sulzer’s entertaining and straight-forward presentation style consistently receives enthusiastic reviews from the Virginia shooting community. This course is not to be missed.

The course can be taken by itself, or together with Mr. Sulzer’s sister course, “How to Win the Legal Battle That Follows the Defensive Use of Firearms.” In the sister course, Mr. Sulzer describes the legal battle that follows on the heels of almost every self-defense use of a firearm. He explains each step in the post-incident 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 use of a firearm, 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. Mr. Sulzer not only provides you with practical steps you should take, but also gives you 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. Mr. Sulzer also makes clear the real magnitude of your exposure in defending against criminal and civil suits, and describes vital and surprisingly affordable ways for you to financially survive the legal process.

Special Gun Show Price $85.00

($10.00 discount for early sign up before Thursday before the show)

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