With different gun laws in each state, attorneys and officials say it’s important for gun owners to know the laws.
U.S. Law Shield offers classes throughout Virginia covering when you are legally allowed to use your weapon and what to do if you have to use it for self-defense.
“It’s amazing what I did not know,” said Talmadge Williams, who has attended several gun law classes run by U.S. Law Shield.
At Firepower Tactical, where Friday night’s seminar was held, shooting instructors said some clients come to them unfamiliar with state gun laws.
“You have to know the law,” said Wes Boozer, owner of Firepower Tactical. “And just pulling out a weapon and even brandishing it can get you into a lot of trouble.”
“A lot of people think because they own a gun, they can just pull it and shoot it and fire it at any time they want to,” said Rob Minton, area manager for U.S. Law Shield. “And that’s not necessarily the law.”
Minton’s classes cover when you are legally allowed to pull your gun and what to do if you have to use it for self-defense. Law enforcement officials and attorneys speak at each class, discussing laws specific to Virginia.
“Somebody can walk into your home and sit down on your couch, and that doesn’t give you a right to shoot them in the state of Virginia,” Minton said.
Some gun owners we spoke with have attended the seminar multiple times, adding that they learn something new in every class.
“I can’t understand why anybody wouldn’t jump on this as soon as they have an opportunity,” Williams said.
For more information on gun law seminars run by U.S. Law Shield, click here.