ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR News) – Safeside Tactical partnered with U.S. Law Shield Wednesday to help inform gun owners of their legal rights when it comes to defending themselves.
The session was called, “Should I Shoot?” People heard from an attorney who specializes in gun law. He talked about when you can legally defend yourself and your loved ones in your home and in public.
One of the biggest topics that came up was what to do if you have an intruder in your home. The discussion on the laws was something some in the audience say they’re glad they heard.
“I started hunting when I was 12-years-old. So I grew up around guns,” said Roanoke area gun owner Jeff Martin.
“I took an NRA safety course when I was 12-years-old.”
He’s no stranger to the laws, but he says he came tonight to refresh his knowledge.
“Things are changing and I just want to make sure I know where we stand in Virginia. What we can legally do. Cause we’re law-abiding citizens. So we want to make sure we’re abiding by the law and they’re changing a lot these days,” said Martin.
The main speaker was attorney Gilbert Ambler who practices Criminal Defense and Firearm Law. He says the point of the session is to educate gun owners on things that could potentially get them in trouble.
“Because it’s critical to make sure that they don’t do things, or they don’t wind up in situations that make gun owners across the board look bad,” said Ambler.
“It looks bad for everybody when a gun owner makes an innocent mistake that turns out to be a criminal act.”
In Virginia, a person who is not the initial aggressor has to be in immediate fear of death or great bodily harm before they shoot an intruder. That’s something Ambler says a lot of people have questions about.
“A lot of people have that sort of perception that once someone is in their home, the rules change a little bit, and we try to set that perception straight.”
It was all a lesson Martin says he was grateful for.
“To protect our rights so we don’t make the mistakes that cause unnecessary violence with our guns,” said Martin.
They also spent some time talking about pending legislation in the general assembly, and how it could have an impact.
To find more information on the group that put on the class, U.S. Law Shield you can visit their website.
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